Halep avenges Raducanu to join Kontaveit in Transylvania Open final



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Halep avenges Raducanu to join Kontaveit in Transylvania Open final

Simona Halep stormed past Marta Kostyuk, who gave no chance to Emma Raducanu in the quarters, and fully earned her place in the Transylvania Open’s final act, where she will meet Anett Kontaveit. The Romanian double Grand Slam winner moved like a hurricane on the court to win in straight sets (6/1, 6/0) against Kostyuk.

Halep was very confident from the start of the match, as she managed to break the Russian’s first two service games, getting a well-deserved 3-0 advantage. At that point, Marta Kostyuk asked for medical treatment on her right thigh.

Following her medical timeout, Marta wore a bandage on the problematic area of her thigh. However, Halep showed no mercy and went to close the first set with 6/0 in just 28 minutes. The arrival of the second set didn’t change the direction the match had been heading towards.

After winning her first service game, Marta Kostyuk started to express her helplessness through various negative body signs. Soon, the Romanian Grand Slam winner went up 6-1, breaking three times in a row on Marta’s serve.

Simona Halep won a whopping 92% of the points played with her 1st serve, and was merciless on the return as well, winning 59% of the points played from this position.

Halep sets final against Kontaveit

Even though Simona Halep lost no sets on her road to the Transylvania Open final, she has to defeat another player who kept a clean sheet in order to get the title, and that’s WTA world number 14 Anett Kontaveit.

However, the Romanian looks ready to give her all in tomorrow’s final. “It's a dream come true for me too, I really wanted to play the final here. It's a home tournament, I always want to play great. I played some of my best tennis this week, I'm really motivated and looking forward to play the final tomorrow," said Halep.