Bencic wins nine of last 11 games to beat Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in Dubai

Bencic wins nine of last 11 games to beat Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in Dubai

The Swiss had her back against the wall in the second set, but she was able to flip the script on the world No. 2.

Unseeded Belinda Bencic rallied to beat second-ranked Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Thursday to reach the Dubai Championships semifinals.

Bencic, who saved six match points in the previous round against Aryna Sabalenka, failed to capitalize on an early break in the first set but Halep continued to struggle with her serve and was broken seven times in total. Bencic broke for a 5-4 lead in the second and then raced out to a 3-0 lead in the decider, having won six games in a row.

Halep, who was playing her ninth match in 13 days after reaching the final in Qatar last week, got one break back but Bencic broke again for a 5-2 lead before converting her third match point.


 

 

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