Former World No.1 Simona Halep magnificently stormed into the first final of the season at the Transylvania Open 2021. She dispatched Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in straight sets(6-0, 6-1) before reaching the championship match in Cluj Napoca.
The host will lock horns with No.2 seed Anett Kontaveit in the final on the indoor court. It will be the fourth meeting between them in the WTA Tour.
“It’s a dream come true for me, I wanted to reach the final. It’s my home tournament, I always play well when I come here. I’m motivated, I’m happy and I can barely wait to play tomorrow’s final,” Halep said in the post-match interview.
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The Romanian further continued, “This match was not easy, at our last meeting she did not miss much. Today the service helped me a lot, and she missed several shots. I have to stay focused for the final. I want to give it my all tomorrow, be aggressive.”
“Since the Wimbledon final(2019), I haven’t dominated a game like I did today. It was a perfect match then. I feel strong here, I always want to play at this level. In Bucharest I won twice, I hope to be lucky tomorrow.” the 30-year-old added.
Simona Halep vs Anett Kontaveit : Head-To-Head
Halep leads Kontaveit 3-0 in their head-to-head series. In the most recent meeting, Romanian defeated Estonian in straight sets(6-1, 6-1) at the 2020 Australian Open quarterfinal.
The 2019 Wimbledon champion also expressed, “I will not have an easy match with Kontaveit, he has played very well so far, he is confident. It’s just an extra match, I want to be focused until the end.”
“I’m sorry the fans aren’t here, I think the atmosphere would have been a million times more beautiful. I hope people send me energy from home, the sweetest victory would be here, at home,” Simona confessed.
Moreover, Anett Kontaveit beat Swedish Rebecca Peterson in straight sets(6-3, 6-2) before reaching the sixth final of the season. Most notably, Halep and Kontaveit did not lose a single set at the Transylvania Open 2021 so far.
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