World number two in WTA hierarchy, Simona Halep reached the final of the Western & Southern Open for the second time in her career on Saturday, beating American Sloane Stephens, 6-2, 6-1.
Romanian tennis player Halep declared:
I played my best, I think, match on hard court so far. I think the match from yesterday gave me a lot of confidence, and since yesterday I started to feel the game, to feel that I can hit the ball. So today was much better. I moved very well today. I just feel good.
In the beginning of the game, the two players tried to outshine one another. Simona Halep dominated the semi-final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sloane Stephens, ending the game in just 56 minutes.
After the match, Stephens declared:
Three matches in 24 hours is never easy. I actually didn’t think I played that badly. I think she’s just a little bit fresher and just wasn’t a great day.
Halep advances to the Cincinnati final for the second time in her career. On Sunday she will face No.4 seed, Garbiñe Muguruza.
As Halep puts it:
I know that she has a lot of confidence coming with title from Wimbledon, so she’s favorite, in my opinion. She’s hitting the ball strong, but I had already two matches, so I know how it’s gonna come, the ball. But still, I want just to do the same and not thinking about the result. I just want to go there and enjoy moment.
If Halep wins the title, this will be the first time she claims the World No.1 ranking.
A fragment of the tennis match between Halep and Stephens can be seen here: