Halep and Murray Advance to Semifinals at W&S Open
Third ranked Simona Halep shook off a slow start before easily dispatching fifth ranked Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-1 in a match delayed about an hour due to another rain delay to advance to her second straight semifinal at the Western & Southern Open.
Halep littered the stat sheet with several unforced errors early on, falling behind 0-4 as Radwanska before returning to form and taking the first set 7-5 after breaking Radwanska’s serve for the fourth time in a row to end the set.
Radwanska’s crafty shot making wasn’t enough to get her back in the match in the second set as Halep came out and broke Radwanska’s serve immediately.
Halep would continue to dominate the set and match, winning 13 of the last 15 games, breaking Radwanska’s serve 8 consecutive times throughout the match.
Halep’s opponent in Saturday’s semifinal will be the second seed Angelique Kerber, who defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 to with two match wins within the WTA’s top ranking.
In the night’s second match, Andy Murray continued his great summer with a comprehensive 6-4 6-4 victory over Australia’s Bernard Tomic.
The match wasn’t as close as the score line indicates, with Andy Murray facing just two break points all set.
Murray would convert his second break point of the first set with a lob just out of Tomic’s reach. In the second set, Murray would convert his only break point of the set, winning the game on a Tomic forehand into the net before serving out the match and set at 6-4.
“Yeah, tough match obviously,” said Murray of his semifinal opponent, four seed Milos Raonic. “We played some important matches this year in Australia in the semis and then the Wimbledon final; Queen’s final as well. […] Just managed to play a little better in the important moments, which is very important. You don’t get loads of chances. I hope to do that again tomorrow.”