Hard Work For Halep In Toronto Win Over Gauff, Haddad Maia Advances
Muhammad Irfan Published August 13, 2022 | 09:50 AM
Toronto, Canada, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Aug, 2022 ) :Simona Halep served twice for her match against Coco Gauff without success on Friday before finally securing a 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) quarter-final victory at the WTA Toronto Masters.
Halep needed a second-set tiebreaker to advance into the semi-finals in just under two hours, lining up a meeting with seventh-seeded American Jessica Pegula.
Double Grand Slam champion Halep earned her 183rd match win at the Masters 1000 level.
"I'm feeling happy, for sure, it's a special moment," Haddad Maia said. "I've worked a lot every day for a few years to live this moment.
"I didn't start the match playing as I wanted. I was missing more than normal in the first set.
"But I pushed myself to stay positive, to stay in the game - a tennis match can change very fast." The Brazilian will aim for the final against 2021 finalist Karolina Pliskova, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen.
Double Grand Slam champion Halep earned her leading 183rd match win at the Masters 1000 level.
She now owns 36 match victories in 2022. Gauff fired a backhand into the net on Halep's first match point to end the encounter and lose her eighth straight set against the 30-year-old Romanian.
"I'm really pleased with the way I stayed strong mentally," Halep said. "I fought for every point.
"That was really important because she was doing the same thing. It's never easy against her.
On Saturday, Halep will play her 29th Masters semi-final against Pegula, who defeated Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3.
Halep and Roland Garros quarter-finalist Pegula will meet for the first time.
"It's going to be a big challenge to face a new opponent. It's always like that," Halep said. "But it's a semi-final. So for sure she's going to play good tennis. She's solid. "I will focus on myself and I will just fight for the match as I do here every time."