Halep thumps Radwanska to set up Williams rematch

Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:32am EDT
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By Julian Linden

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - If beating Serena Williams is considered the toughest challenge in women's tennis, then spare a thought for Romania's Simona Halep.

To win the WTA Finals, Halep faces the daunting prospect of defeating Williams, not once, but twice in less than a week.

The pint-sized Romanian pulled off a stunning 6-0 6-2 win over Williams in the group stage of this week's elite season-ending event.

But now she has to do it again to take the title after the pair were pitted against each other in Sunday's final at Singapore's National Indoor Stadium.

"I feel that I have nothing to lose in this final," offered Halep, who booked her place in the title match with a clinical 6-2 6-2 win over Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals.

"Before coming here, I didn't expect this result, and now I have no pressure, nothing to lose.

"I'm playing against the number one in the world again. I did this week, but it's another day, so we'll see what is going to happen there."

Williams sealed her place in the final after a 2-6 6-3 7-6(6) victory against Caroline Wozniacki, although she was fortunate just to make the semis.   Continued...

Simona Halep of Romania serves against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their WTA Finals singles semi-final tennis match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su