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Halep, world number one, will play final of the Australian Open

Ⓒ AFP – Peter Parks – | The Romanian tennis player Simona Halep plays against the German Angelique Kerber the semifinals of the Australian Open on January 25, 2018 in Melbourne

The Romanian Simona Halep, world number one, will face the Danish Caroline Wozniaki (N.2) in the final of the Australian Women’s Tennis Open that takes place in Melbourne, after defeating the German Angelique Kerber in the semifinals (N.16). ) in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 9-7.

Halep, 26, who will play his first final in Australia, like Wozniaki, saved two match points in the third set, which was defined after 16 games full of suspense.

Before, Halep had missed, during his service, two match points that would have allowed him to win the third set 6-4.

“It was very hard, I’m still shaking,” said the Romanian tennis player. “To play two matches like this one in the same tournament is not easy.”

In the third round, Halep had won after saving three match points against the American Lauren Davis.

On the other hand, Wozniacki went to the final more easily, defeating the Belgian Elise Mertens (nº37) in two sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7/2).

The final will be the occasion for both players to succeed for the first time in a Grand Slam tournament.

Each has played two Grand Slam finals.

Halep lost the Roland Garros finals in 2014 and 2017 and Wozniacki, the final of the US Open in 2009 and 2014.

The winner of the final, which takes place on Saturday, will head the WTA tennis classification starting on Monday.

This Thursday, against the German Kerber, 29 years old, Halep played very offensive, scoring 20 of the first 25 points of the game.

But Kerber reacted, recovering his game, which had allowed him to triumph in 2016 in the Australian and United States Open and to occupy first place in the WTA classification.

The end of the game, tense, with the tennis players hardened despite the exhaustion, fulfilled the expectations of the public of the Rod Laver Arena.

“I looked like a roller coaster, but I did not quit, I must say I’m very proud,” said Halep, who won thanks to a better serve (six aces) and a more efficient game, earning more winning points than his opponent, 50 against 33.

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