WTA Beijing: Halep breaks Sharapova curse, cruises into last eight

Doug Mendoza
October 8, 2017

She got her revenge here, though, taking advantage of Ostapenko's weak second serve with two breaks in the first set.

She will become the 25th world No 1 since the WTA was formed. I tell you one, only one.

Halep will now replace Spaniard Garbine Muguruza at the top of the women's game when the official rankings are released on Monday.

Second-seeded Simona Halep advanced to the quarterfinals of the China Open on Wednesday with a resounding 6-2, 6-2 win over Maria Sharapova in Beijing.

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.

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. "I really want to do better, and I know I have to try to dominate the point or I will run a lot".

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But Saturday's semi-final was a more one-sided affair as Halep broke Ostapenko in the first game of the match.

The world No. 2 eased past Russia's unseeded Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1 in 69 minutes and will face Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko next.

She added: "In the French Open I was a set and 3-0 [up], so here was a little bit different".

The Latvian beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-4 6-4. Halep will be making her fourth straight appearance in the Republic.

Simona will play against Petra Kvitova or Caroline Garcia in the title match tomorrow, mighty releaved she finally managed to conquer the WTA list after playing consistent tennis this season (not in the last 2 events, though, but that couldn't make the difference).

Last month, she claimed the biggest title of her career at the Wuhan Open in China, beating Australian Ashleigh Barty in the final.

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