Halep and Mertens will contest the Prague title


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Halep and Mertens will contest the Prague title

Romanian Simona Halep, first favorite, and Belgian Elise Mertens, third, will compete in the final of the Prague tournament, included in the women’s circuit, which is played on brick dust.

Halep, world number two, prevailed in the Romanian duel against Irina Begu, who hours earlier had favorably resolved the clash against the Spanish Sara Sorribes (6-2, 4-6 and 6-2), suspended on Friday due to rain .

Begu accused the fatigue and lost against Halep 7-6 (2) and 6-3 in an hour and a half. The second player on the circuit maintains superiority over her compatriot, with whom she has never lost. In Prague she got her fifth win in five meetings with Begu.

Halep, who won his last tournament in Dubai in February before confinement by coronavirus, will seek against Mertens, his rival in the final, to extend to nine the number of consecutive victories so far this year.

The Belgian reached her first final in 2020 after defeating the local favorite, the Czech Kristyna Pliskova, 7-5, 7-6 (4). The third seed of the tournament, who added her third win against the Czech, will be in her seventh final of a WTA competition with the sixth trophy in sight.


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