Two-Time Champion Secures Her Place After Defeating Gauff

By Sahil

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 12: Simona Halep of Romania hits a shot against Coco Gauff of the United States during the National Bank Open, part of the Hologic WTA Tour, at Sobeys Stadium on August 12, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Simona Halep two-time champion defeat Coco Gauff 6-4, 7-6 (2) to secure her place in the National Bank Open semifinals.


Halep, the 30-year-old from Romania, finish first in the event in Montreal in 2016 and 2018. She will face seventh-seeded Jessica Pegula, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.


The 15th-seeded Halep is 4-0 against the Gauff, the 18-year-old American seeded 10th.


However, in the night session, Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil ousted 12th-seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. On Thursday, Haddad Maia crushes top-tier Iga Swiatek of Poland.


In the late match, 14th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic played Zheng Qinwen of China.


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