The 7th seed at the Qatar Total Open 2014, Romanian Simona Halep, showed just why she has broken into the top 10 on the WTA rankings when she took out the highest remaining seed in the draw, number 2 Agnieszka Radwanska, in straight sets in the bottom half of the draw semi on Saturday evening. Halep’s route through to the semis was via a bye in the first round, a very tough three setter against Kaia Kenepi in the second round, an easy 6-4 6-1 win against Annika Beck followed by a 6-2 6-0 rout of 4th seed Sara Errani. Radwanska also had a first round bye, followed by a straight sets win in the second round and a win by retirement in the third. She then lost just three games against Yanina Wickmayer to make the semis. The Pole led the head to head stat 3-1, although the Romanian had won their last match in Rome last year on clay.
The first three games of the first set went with serve, followed by three breaks of serve. Radwanska held for 5-2, but then Halep went on an eight game winning streak to take the first set 7-5 and go up 3-0 in the second set. The Pole then got a break of her own to trail 1-3, but Halep continued to fire magnificent forehand missiles on to the lines and had the Pole running kilometres along the baseline to defend. Halep broke again to lead 4-1, but Radwanska was not giving up and broke straight back. Halep, still playing wonderful tennis, broke again for 5-2 and easily served out the set at 6-2 to book her place in the final against Angelique Kerber.
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