Simona Halep beats Angelique Kerber in Australian Open, sets up final with Caroline Wozniacki

Simona Halep defeated Angelique Kerber in an epic match which the top seed won 6-3,4-6,9-7 to set up a clash against Caroline Wozniacki.

tennis Updated: Jan 25, 2018 13:33 IST
Reuters, Melbourne
Angelique Kerber‬,‪Australian Open‬,‪Simona Halep‬
Simona Halep saved two match points to enter the final of the Australian Open Tennis tournament . (REUTERS)

World number one Simona Halep quelled a tenacious Angelique Kerber fightback and saved two match points to reach her first Australian Open final with a 6-3 4-6 9-7 victory in a compelling scrap on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday.

A wildly unpredictable match veered one way, then the other, before Halep finally broke Kerber’s resistance to claim victory on her fourth match point when her exhausted opponent fired a backhand over the baseline.

When Halep won the first five games it seemed the expected battle royal between two of the game’s most ferocious competitors would turn into a damp squib.

But Kerber roared back and had two match points at 6-5 in a brutal deciding set before Halep turned it around with some brave hitting to seal victory in two hours and 20 minutes.

The 26-yaer-old plays Caroline Wozniacki in Saturday’s final when both players will be gunning for their first grand slam title and the world number one ranking.

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 13:32 IST