Halep to play Stosur in Sofia final

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

AP Photo

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP)—Simona Halep and Samantha Stosur will meet in a WTA final for the second time in three weeks at the season-ending Tournament of Champions.

Top-seeded Halep rallied from a set down to beat Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, and fourth-seeded Stosur outlasted Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in the semifinals on Saturday.

Ahead of Sunday's final, Stosur leads their matchup 3-2, but Halep has won twice this season. She won their recent Kremlin Cup final for her fifth title of the year. Stosur has two titles this year.

Ivanovic, a two-time winner of the tournament, led 3-0 in the third set before Halep won six consecutive games.

Stosur raced through her first set, but Pavlyuchenkova won six straight games to win the second. In the third, Stosur earned the only break and held on.
 

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Australia

Enter for a chance to win airfare, accommodations and tickets to the 2019 Australian Open.

Hyeon Chung showed it all, while Tennys Sandgren said all he wanted

The American's attention-grabbing run was halted by another surprise quarterfinalist.

Five takeaways from Simona Halep’s 6-3, 6-2 win over Karolina Pliskova

The world No. 1 dispatched the No. 6 seed to reach the Australian Open semifinals.