Meusburger and Halep advance to Budapest final

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The lower tier Hungarian Grand Prix tournament is being played on clay this week in Budapest. The main draw was 32 and there was no qualifying. The first semi final was between Chanelle Scheepers, the South African 6th seed, who is 69 on the WTA rankings; and the Austrian veteran, 112th ranked Yvonne Meusburger. Scheepers was drawn to play top seed Lucie Safarova in the quarters, but the Czech was beaten in the first round. She had straight sets wins in her first two rounds and a seesaw three setter in the quarters, while her opponent had an easy straight sets win in the first round, a tricky three setters against 5th seed Johanna Larsson in the second round and then took out 4th seed Anika Beck in straight sets in the quarters. Meusburger got the breaks and went to 5-1 before Scheepers got another game, before taking the set 6-2. She broke early in the second set too and went on to take the set by the same margin, to book her place in the final.

The second semi saw the Romanian 30th ranked 3rd seed, Simona Halep, take on her compatriot Alexandra Cadantu, who is ranked at 80. Halep is into her 4th semi of the season and has already won two finals. She breezed through her first three rounds in straights, while Cadantu had two easy straight sets wins and a retirement in a three setter when she led 4-0 in the third. Halep got things under way and ran up 4-0 and 5-1 leads before sealing the set at 6-2. She again broke early in the second set but Cadantu broke back in a now much more competitive match to level at 4-4 and games then went with serve until the breaker, which  Halep took 7-1.

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