Simona Halep through to Prague Open final against Mertens



Romanian prime seed Simona Halep superior to the WTA Prague Open ultimate after beating her compatriot Irina-Camelia Begu in straight units on Saturday.

Halep gained 7-6 (7/2), 6-Three in an hour and a half to arrange a ultimate conflict in opposition to 23rd-ranked Belgian Elise Mertens, who beat Czech Kristyna Pliskova 7-5, 7-6 (7/four) within the different semi-final on Saturday.

World quantity two and reigning Wimbledon champion Halep took some time to heat up in opposition to the 82nd-ranked Begu who had performed her quarter-final match – a three-setter – earlier Saturday morning.

After a two-hour break, Begu was again on court docket and took a 5-Three lead within the first set as Halep struggled for tempo.

Halep drew degree and Begu then took a medical break to obtain remedy for calluses on the palm of her proper hand.

Halep gained the set in tie-break, however Begu saved combating within the second earlier than Halep lastly prevailed.

Halep mentioned the medical break had helped her as Begu “was taking part in rather well at that time and she or he was form of dominating the match”.

“I did not play my finest tennis however… in all probability she was a little bit bit extra drained than me within the second set,” Halep instructed Czech tv.

The match is being performed behind closed doorways to keep away from Covid-19 contagion, and the gamers need to put on face masks any time they don’t seem to be taking part in, coaching or consuming.



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