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2-time champion Simona Halep advances to National Bank Open final

Overcome with frustration, Simona Halep doubled over and started smashing her racket on the hard court at Sobeys Stadium after she missed a return late in the third set of her semifinal.

The two-time champion harnessed that passion to beat Jessica Pegula of the United States 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the National Bank Open’s first semifinal on Saturday. The 15th-seeded Halep will face Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia in Sunday’s final.

Haddad Maia beat Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 7-6 (9) in the late semifinal to reach a WTA Masters event final for the first time ever.

Halep said that destroying her racket shows that she’s herself again.

“The fire is back,” said a smiling Halep. “It’s a good sign if I do that. It looks like I’m fighting. It helps me sometimes. I don’t know if it’s always good or not, but it helps me.”

Halep started her season with a victory at the Melbourne Summer Set…


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