Halep to face fellow Romanian Niculescu in Bucharest semifinals

Friday, July 11, 2014 /by
Halep is coming off appearances in the French Open final and Wimbledon semifinals. (AP Photo)
Halep is coming off appearances in the French Open final and Wimbledon semifinals. (AP Photo)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Top-seeded Simona Halep defeated Spain's Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-1 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the BRD Bucharest Open.

Halep will play fellow Romanian Monica Niculescu on Saturday. The unseeded Niculescu upset eighth-seeded Polona Hercog of Slovenia in a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (3) victory.

The other semifinal will be between second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy and Slovakia's Kristina Kucova.

Vinci beat Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-3, while Kucova defeated Montenegro's Danka Kovinic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

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