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Tennis: Halep beats Kasatkina to reach China Open semifinals

AP , Friday 6 Oct 2017
Simona Halep
Simona Halep of Romania waves to the crowd after beating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women's singles match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 (Photo: AP)
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Second-seeded Simona Halep moved into the China Open semifinals and kept alive her chance of reaching the No. 1 ranking with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Daria Kasatkina on Friday.

Halep needs to reach to the final in Beijing, and not lose to third-seeded Elena Svitolina, to bump No. 1 Garbine Muguruza from the top spot.

Halep has never held the No. 1 ranking but has had a few missed opportunities, most notably when she lost in the French Open final to Jelena Ostapenko in June.

Her run in Beijing so far has also included a 6-2, 6-2 win over Maria Sharapova, which ended a seven-match losing streak to Russian, including a first-round upset at the U.S. Open last month.

Halep's quarterfinal victory over 34th-ranked Kasatkina avenged a straight-sets loss in their last outing at Wuhan last week.

In the semifinals, she'll play either ninth-seeded Ostapenko or Sorana Cirstea.

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