Simona Halep (N.1) qualified for the final of the Rome Tournament, in which she will seek her first title after the lost finals in 2017 and 2018, after beating Garbiñe Muguruza, while Novak Djokovic (N. 1) also expects rival in the final.
Before the applause of the public, whose presence was authorized for the first time since the beginning of the tournament, although in a very small number, the Romanian had to work hard against the Spanish born in Caracas, to end up taking the match in three sets (6- 3, 4-6, 6-4).
On Monday they will face the winner of the other semifinal in the final, which opposes the current champion, the Czech Karolina Pliskova, with her compatriot Marketa Vondrousova, a finalist at Roland Garros last year.
By winning this semi-final between two former Roland Garros champions, Halep achieved her 13th consecutive victory.
The top seed chose not to participate in the hard surface tournaments in New York, to better prepare for the French Grand Slam, which begins in a week.
In the men’s category Djokovic qualified for his tenth final by beating Norwegian Casper Ruud (7-5 and 6-3).
The world number 1 is looking for a 36th Masters 1000 title in Rome, which would allow him to surpass Rafael Nadal in this category, the second most important after the Grand Slam (both currently have 35 tournaments).
He will play in the final against the winner of the duel between Canadian Denis Shapovalov (No. 12) and Argentine Diego Schwartzman (No. 8), who beat Nadal in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Djokovic suffered against Ruud, 34th world player, but raised his level in key moments, in an intense match.
The Rome Tournament, which is played on brick dust, distributes $ 4,113,000 million in the men’s category and $ 2,098,290 million in the female category.
– Rome tennis tournament
– Women’s Singles – Semifinals:
Simona Halep (ROU / N.1) defeated Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP / N.9) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
– Men’s Singles – Semifinals:
Novak Djokovic (SRB / N.1) defeated Casper Ruud (NOR) 7-5, 6-3. AFP (HN).