Halep battles to victory
Simona Halep was pleased that she was able to keep her focus during her semi-final victory against Elina Svitolina at the Qatar Open.
The Romanian won a fluctuating encounter 6-3 3-6 6-4 in a last-four clash that lasted more than two hours.
Halep, who had beaten Julia Goerges in the quarter-finals, was forced to dig deep before getting the better of Svitolina as she trailed 4-1 in the deciding set before reeling off five games in a row.
She said afterwards: "I'm happy because I didn't give up. The two finals that I played against Elina in Rome I gave up and I was not ready to fight.
"Now I change that, and it makes me happier, because I showed myself that I'm able to do that.
"Elina played amazing. She moved very well. She hit the ball strong. She didn't miss much. So I think it was a very high level of tennis and I'm really proud that I could win the match against her."
Halep will face Elise Mertens in the final after the Belgian beat the third seed Angelique Kerber 6-4 2-6 6-1.
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