WTA 2019 Madrid Open Finals Odds: Halep vs Bertens | SBD

WTA 2019 Madrid Open Finals Odds: Halep vs Bertens | SBD

Halep will face the victor of Sloane Stephens and Kike Bertens match in the finals of the Mutua Madrid Open 2019.

At three games down, she cried during the changeover, with Halep immediately breaking for 4-0 when play resumed, going on to wrap up the set and the match easily. Halep has a flawless record of 4-0 at the Madrid Open semifinals.

Austrian Dominic Thiem, a beaten finalist in Madrid previous year, awaits in the next round after he beat Italian Fabio Fognini.

Halep was Madrid Open champion in 2016-17.

Incidentally, Osaka has also blamed getting distracted by the race to the top spot in the WTA rankings as one of the reasons for her defeat to the Swiss unseeded player. I haven't played a ton of matches this year.

"I think she played better tennis tonight", said two-time Madrid victor Halep.

Federer saved another match point to set up a tiebreak and he proved unstoppable as he swept to his 1,200th match win.

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Twice Madrid victor Halep broke the unseeded Bencic in the first game of the first set, the Swiss's errant backhand flying out, but she broke back to tie at 2-2.

Bencic defeated Osaka in the quarter-finals to continue her brilliant 2019 but, after edging the second set, was unable to maintain the required consistency to really threaten a repeat against Halep. It was the first set the Romanian player had dropped in the tournament.

Halep had no complaints, congratulating her opponent while admitting she played into Bertens' hands.

Japan's Osaka has limited experience on clay but looked poised for a fine win when she served for the match at 5-4 in the decider only for Bencic to reel off three games in a row and book a clash with Halep.

"I just feel really happy", Bertens said in her news conference. What makes her path to that easier is the defeat of Petra Kvitova in another quarter-final. The 27-year-old has failed to go past the fourth round in any of the three Grand Slams since.

Bencic was under immediate pressure to start the second set, facing three break points in her opening service game, but Osaka was unable to convert on any of her chances, which would prove to be critical. She's 8-2 overall. He lost in the last four in both Monte Carlo and Barcelona, arriving in Madrid without winning either tournament for the first time since 2015.

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