Simona Halep to get chance to regain word number one spot, with Kiki Bertens standing in her way

Simona Halep fist pump

Simona Halep will get the chance to regain the world number one spot after she beat Belinda Bencic in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open.

The Romanian lost her top ranking to Naomi Osaka earlier in the year, but should she win the tournament she will be reinstalled as the leading women’s player in the world.

She will be confident of doing just that too, as she racked up another bagel in beating the Swiss 6-2, 6-7(2-7), 6-0.

“It’s a nice feeling to be back in the final of this special tournament, I’m really happy playing here,” said Halep.

“In the second set in that tiebreak I was rushing too much, I lost control of it, but then I just calmed down, told myself I had to start the match again.

“I started to play smarter, opened the court more and became more aggressive.”

It will be Kiki Bertens who will try to stop her after overcame Sloane Stephens in the other semi.

Bertens was a relatively comfortable winner at 6-2, 7-5, but she knows she’ll be severely tested in the final.

“It’s going to be really tough (against Halep),” she said.

“We played each other in the past so I know it will be a tough battle, but I’m ready for it, one more push here.”

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