Surprise, surprise!!! Simona Halep and Serena Williams are gonna clash for the second time in a week at the same tournament, but this time in its final act (scroll for video).
The two tennis stars met first in the Red Group stage of the WTA Finals on Wednesday when Halep destroyed Willliams with a harsh 6-0, 6-2 giving world no. 1 the worst defeat in her 16 year career, but now they are set to fight again in the grand finale of the Singapore WTA Tour Championships.
In the second semifinal on Saturday, Simona Halep beat Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets (6-2 6-2) to reach the Singapore final and second opportunity to battle Williams.
Halep saves Williams despite defeat to Ivanovic
In fact, Serena Williams’ qualification to the knock out stage was out of her hand. Practically she made it to the semifinals of the tournament (which she won after dramatic 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) against Dane Caroline Wozniacki) and claimed the year-end No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball. And that happened because of help from Simona Halep. Ana Ivanovic was supposed to defeat Halep in straight sets in last match of the group stage in order to send Williams home. But Ivanovic lost the second set on her way to a tight 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3 victory.
Match fixing suspicions – unfounded!
Before the match against Ivanovic, Simona Halep was accused and suspected, that she will let the Serbian win in two straight sets to eliminate Serena Williams from the competition, however that did not happen.
“I knew that if I lose 6-3, 6-3 or something like that, Serena would be eliminated, but I was not interested in this subject and I disputed my chances. I’m not afraid to play again with Serena Williams. Every day is a new day I’ll try every time to give the best of me on the day,” said Halep.
Singapore is part of a historic moment as this year The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) finals are being held in Asia for the first time and the most famous names in the game are competing for a record $6.5m in prize money.
Video: Simona Halep V Agnieszka Radwanska: 2014 WTA Finals Singapore, SemiFinal, 1st Set