Two-time past champion, Simona Halep reached the semi-finals of the 2022 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday. The former world no. 1 took down the only seed left in the draw, the eighth-seeded Ons Jabeur in their quarter-final clash.
Halep won 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 20 minutes. Halep won 65% of her first-serve points while the Tunisian finished with 52%. In terms of second-serve points won, while Halep won 41% Jabeur won 40%. Halep created eight break point chances for herself on Jabeur’s serve and converted five of these.
However, she also lost her serve thrice across the duration of the match. Speaking with the press after her win, Halep shared, “I'm really pleased with the match. I think I played a good tennis. I was super strong on the legs.
I knew that she's changing the rhythm a lot. It's never easy to actually find the rhythm during the match. I think I did well and I'm really happy that I could win against a tough opponent”.
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Looking to reach the final in the event for the second time in three years, Halep will now face Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-finals.
The Latvian survived a test against Petra Kvitova in their quarter-final clash, at the start of the day. After two hours and 39 minutes of play, Ostapenko won 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(9). The match saw both players let go of momentum across different stages.
While Kvitova was able to take advantage of Ostapenko’s lapses in the first set, the Czech wasn’t able to serve out the match on the two chances she had in the match – both in the second and third sets – which helped Ostapenko to retake control of the proceedings and convert them into a win for herself.
Meanwhile, in the bottom half of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships draw, Veronika Kudermetova and Marketa Vondrousova will bid for a spot in the final. The Russian outlasted Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and 23 minutes.
In the last quarter-final featuring two qualifiers, the Czech southpaw defeated Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska, 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 41 minutes.
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