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Canadian Open | Fire is back: Former World No.1 Simona Halep after setting up final against Beatriz Haddad Maia

India Today logo India Today 14-08-2022 India Today Web Desk
Simona Halep celebrates after reaching the Canadian Open final. Simona Halep celebrates after reaching the Canadian Open final.

Former world number one Simona Halep defeated current number seven Jessica Pegula 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance into the Canadian Open final, where she will meet Beatriz Haddad Maia, who became the first Brazilian woman to reach the WTA 1000 final.

Halep, a two-time Canadian Open winner, had a sluggish start and Pegula took full advantage of the opportunity to quickly wrap up the first set, which lasted only 35 minutes, with an ace. However, things took a u-turn thanks to a loose service game by Pegula early on in the second set, which also saw an unforced backhand error, giving Halep a 3-1 lead.

In the third set, Halep broke at love for a 3-2 lead before hanging on to win her 37th victory this year. With the win, the Romanian will re-enter the top 10 rankings for the first time in almost a year. The new rankings will be updated on Monday (August 15).

"The fire is back," Halep was quoted as saying when asked about the moments during the match where she looked poised to take out her frustration on her racket. "It's a good sign if I do that... it helps me sometimes. I don't know always if it's good or not. But it helps me."

Halep added that it was fans who boosted her confidence in Toronto. "It felt like I was in Romania today. "They sent a lot of energy. In the tough moments, they really pushed me. So I would like to thank them for that. And I'm waiting for them, actually, tomorrow."

Halep's opponent for the final, unseeded Beatriz Haddad Maia defeated Canada's Leylah Fernandez, world number one Iga Swiatek, Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic and Czech star Karolina Pliskova on her way to the WTA 1000 event final.

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