Halep survives battle to reach Rogers Cup final

Simona Halep advanced to the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada on Saturday after a straight-sets win over Sara Errani.

The number two seed won the 96-minute battle 6-4, 6-4, despite slipping behind early in the first set of the match.

In her post-match interview, the Romanian told the WTA website that she was “completely dead” after the marathon match.

"It was a very tough match today. Sara played amazing. She was running everywhere, and she was putting so many balls back in the court, so it was very difficult for me to finish the points,” Halep said.

“But I did everything I could to finish the match in two sets because I didn't know how I would do in the third!”

Errani started the brighter of the two players and opened a 2-0 lead after breaking Halep early in the first set.

The world number three struck back immediately though, surging to 4-2 in front and holding her serve to claim the set.

The pair seemed to reverse roles in the second set; trading breaks over the first three matches to allow Halep to take a 3-1 lead before Errani leveled the scores with a break in the eighth game.

However, Halep broke back immediately and held her serve to claim victory and a place in the final.

She will meet either Belinda Bencic or world number one Serena Williams on the final. When asked who she would prefer to face, Halep said she would rather take on the dominant Williams than the up-and-coming world number 20.

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