Halep Overcomes Gauff, Will Face Pegula In Toronto Masters SF

by Staff | August 13th, 2022, 12:19 am
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After consecutive final set breaker wins by Coco Gauff, the teen’s luck ran out Friday as former champion Simona Halep took the American down 6-4, 7-6(2). Halep lead 6-4, 4-1 before Gauff roared back and nearly extended the match to a third.

Halep goes to 4-0 against Gauff but was impressed with the youngster’s improvements.

“She’s a bit stronger. She hits stronger. And the serve was much stronger today. Backhand is always hard,” Halep said. “I think she improved a lot since we played last time. It’s always tough to play against her. She’s fighting until the end. She doesn’t give you a point, so you have to stay there and to fight.”

Into her fifth semifinal in Canada, the 2-time champion will face another American in nearby Buffalo native Jessica Pegula who cruised past Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-3. Pegula is the lone Top 10 seed remaining.

Upset queen Beatrice Haddad Maia kept rolling stunning 2015 champion Belinda Bencic from a set down 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. The Brazilian will now challenge defending finalist Karolina Pliskova who rallied to beat teen Qinwen Zheng 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Zheng won six of seven games from 3-0 down in the first, then broke Pliskova in the third to avoid dropping the match. But Pliskova broke to seal it.

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