Halep upsets Kerber, will face Keys in final

Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:34pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Fifth-seeded Romanian Simona Halep overcame a crisis of confidence in the second set to reach the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-0 3-6 6-2 upset victory over second seed Angelique Kerber of Germany in Montreal on Saturday.

Halep had been a set and a break up before Kerber reeled off six straight games to lead 2-0 in the third before the Romanian regained control, sealing the win after a topsy-turvy encounter that lasted one hour 38 minutes in Montreal.

The 24-year-old, who was beaten by Kerber in the last eight at Wimbledon on July 5, will take on 10th-seeded American Madison Keys in Sunday's final at the hardcourt event.

Keys swept past unseeded qualifier Kristina Kucova of Slovakia 6-2 6-1 in Saturday's other semi-final, serving up nine aces as she wrapped up victory in just 51 minutes.

"I knew that it was going to be a tough one, always when I play against her it was a tough match," Halep told ESPN in a courtside interview after improving her career record against Kerber to 4-2.

"Mentally I am pretty strong and I am a little bit disappointed in the second set I gave up at 3-2. But this is me.

"I have to improve more in this way and I am just trying to enjoy more and more and to give everything I have to win."

A frustrated Halep smashed her racket on the ground during the seventh game of the second set after squandering her 3-2 lead and her coach, Darren Cahill, gave her quiet words of advice during the changeover.

"Take a deep breath ... control your emotions, keep a cool head and make good decisions," Cahill said.   Continued...

Jul 30, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Simona Halep of Romania reacts after defeating Angelique Kerber (not pictured) of Germany on day six of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Uniprix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports