Halep, Monday will be the first racket of the world

Posted October 08, 2017

Second seed Simona Halep has moved into the China Open semi-finals to keep alive her hopes of reaching the No.1 ranking with a 6-2 6-1 win over Daria Kasatkina.

Simona Halep of Romania celebrates after being presented with a bouquet in the shape of the number "1", after surging to world number one by winning her women's singles semifinal match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 7, 2017.

A straight-sets victory over Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-finals of the China Open means Halep will replace Garbine Muguruza at the top of the WTA rankings on Monday.

Despite hitting more winners than her rival, Sharapova committed 39 unforced errors and struggled to contend with the Halep's power and aggression in Beijing. Halep tightened her grip with another break in the seventh game for a 5-2 lead and served out the first set.

In June, Ostapenko denied Halep both a first Grand Slam title and the number one ranking with a stunning win in Paris.

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Conte expressed sympathy for the situation and insisted his players must take responsibility for themselves in their own time. Last season he had an important season, he played very well, he performed as a top player.

"It was a great match, I think I played my best tennis against her", Halep said.

Garcia took the opening set before Kvitov√° fought back in the second. "I'm already happy. I love these big matches anyway, so I will do my best tomorrow".

Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation (L) and Simona Halep of Romania (R) shake hands at centre court after their women's singles match in the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing.

Respect: Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep meet at the net after their third-round battle at the 2017 China Open.

Yet Halep was able to quickly regain the initiative on this occasion and said: "I didn't think too much that I am again in the same position". "It's my first victory against her and I just want to enjoy the moment". Her win advanced her to the quarterfinals. Still, she played really well those games, those next games [after falling 3-2 down].