Simona Halep held Serena Williams’s fate at the WTA Finals in her hand today. A straight set loss to Ana Ivanovic would have eliminated Serena from the event she had won four times. A set win would put Serena in the semifinals.
In the match, Halep led Ivanovic 52 in the first set before losing in a breaker 76. With Ivanovic holding the momentum and the motivation – to qualify herself from the semifinals – and Serena fans queasy, Halep, to her credit, fought back to take the second, but eventually lost in three.
The end result: By Halep winning the second set Serena made the semifinals, and Serena will be the big favorite to walk away with a fifth WTA title on Sunday.
Halep, who beat Serena 60, 62 on Tuesday, doesn’t care that she kept Serena around. Afterward, the Romanian said she was out there to win the match against Ivanovic regardless of Serena, because she’s not afraid of the World No. 1.
“I didn’t care,” Halep said. “I’m not afraid again to play against Serena.”
Halep could play Serena in a rematch on Sunday in the finals. After one of her worst losses of her career to Halep, Serena would certainly treasure the opportunity of getting revenge.
Halep will play Agnieszka Radwanska in her semifinal, Serena meets Caroline Wozniacki.
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