The 19-year-old Kyiv stormed into her first WTA semifinal after stunning the US Open champion Emma Raducanu in straight sets(6-2, 6-1) on the indoor hard court in Cluj Napoca, Romania.
With the intention to make her WTA tour-level final debut, Kostyuk will lock horns with two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep.
Simona Halep vs Marta kostyuk: Head-To-Head
This will be the second meeting between Halep and Kostyuk in the WTA Tour. In the first encounter, Romanian defeated Ukrainian in straight sets(7-6, 6-1) at the 2021 Indian Wells Open. As a result, Simona leads Marta (1-0) in their head-to-head series.
Speaking ahead of the top seed Halep clash, the sixth seed Kostyuk said, “I fought at Indian Wells for a set, then I didn’t play well. I hope I can fight tomorrow. But even if I lose, it’s a great experience to play against Simona, she’s a nice person and a player. very good. I hope to reach my first final and I can’t wait for the match”
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Simona Halep Reaches The Second Semifinal of the 2021 Season at Transylvania Open 2021
Simona Halep’s Transylvania Open 2021 results show that she bounced back from the setback. She entered into the semifinal following a straight-set(6-1, 6-1) win over her compatriot Jaqueline Cristian. Most notably, she did not lose a single set in the last three matches.
“The young players from Romania are gaining confidence in their game. I tried to give it my all today, I was happy to be on the field today. I had back treatment yesterday and this morning, and now I feel better,” Simona Halep said in the post-match interview.
“I am happy that I was able to win. It’s a joy to be able to play in the semifinals in Cluj. It’s always been an extra pressure when I play at home, it’s not easy to play at home. But it seems to motivate me more when I have pressure and I play better,” the 30-year-old added.
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