Tennis - Halep to face Kerber in Doha final

Simona Halep dumped second seed Agnieszka Radwanska out of the Qatar Open to move into the final where she will meet Germany’s Angelique Kerber.

Tennis - Halep to face Kerber in Doha final

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Simona Halep of Romanian (AFP)

The Romanian fought back from 5-2 behind in the first set, reeling off eight straight games with a string of magnificent shots as her opponent’s game unravelled.

And Halep capitalised on the momentum to seal a 7-5 6-2 win and claim one of the biggest victories of her career.

"It's been an unbelievable tournament for me," Halep said. "I played really well tonight. When I was 5-2 down in the first set I told myself I have nothing to lose anymore, so I changed the tactics.

"I was still aggressive but played smarter - I started to play more crosses, more short crosses, and then I tried to finish the points with drive volleys. I also hit more drop shots as it went on too. I think I played a complete game tonight."

Radwanska added: "For sure the first set I should have won. I was 5-2 up. It was just one break, but that first set was mine. But she was playing really well today - everything was working for her.

"In some moments she was making unbelievable shots from nowhere from both sides and moving very well - at one point I didn't know what to do to finish the points, because she was just everywhere."

Earlier, Kerber had beaten fifth seed Jelena Jankovic 6-1 7-6(6) in the first semi-final.

"I will try to focus on my game (in the final)," said Kerber. "I will try to play aggressive, move well and just keep a consistent level, like I've played all this week, and use the momentum from today."

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