Si­mona, Kiki in semis showdown

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ROME: Ro­ma­nian sixth seed Si­mona Halep and Dutch­woman Kiki Bertens will face off in the semi-fi­nals of the Rome Mas­ters af­ter com­ing through their respective quar­ter-fi­nal matches.

Si­mona surged into the last four for the third time af­ter a 6-2, 6-4 win over Es­to­nian qual­i­fier Anett Kon­taveit.

Si­moa, who reached the French Open fi­nal in 2014, now meets Kiki af­ter the 15th seed, ranked 20th in the world, ousted Aus­tralian qual­i­fier Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-3.

Amer­i­can Venus Williams, seeded ninth, faces Span­ish third seed Gar­bine Mugu­ruza for a place in the last four, while Ukraine’s Elina Svi­tolina, seeded eighth, faces Czech sec­ond seed Karolina Pliskova. AFP

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