Maia and Halep qualify as the finalists of the WTA 1000 in Toronto

The Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia and the Romanian Simona Halep, 15th seed, left through the wide door this Saturday in the semifinals of the WTA 1000 in Toronto and will meet on Sunday in the final of the Canadian event.

Hadad Maia hit the table again by surprising Czech Karolina Pliskova, seeded 14th, by eliminating her in two hours and three minutes with runs of 6-4, 7-6 (9/7).

The Brazilian, number 24 in the world, reached the final of a tournament of this category for the first time, just below the Grand Slams, becoming the first player from her country to do so.

Maia, 26, thus struck a second blow in the tournament. The first was her in the round of 16 when she eliminated the Polish Iga Swiatek, world number one in the WTA.

The South American, who took a 2-1 career lead against the Czech, has won the first three tournaments of her career this year with Saint-Malo, Birmingham and Nottingham.

The first Brazilian to reach the final of a WTA 1000 event has won 17 matches since June, lifting two English grass-court titles in Birmingham and Nottingham. Haddad Maia is guaranteed to break into the Top 20 on Monday as a result of her success this year.

Haddad Maia will have a lot to do this Sunday against the experienced Halep, whom she has already faced three times, leading the Romanian two wins to one.

Halep is still in the fight
Previously, Halep had become the first finalist of the tournament by beating the American Jessica Pegula, seventh favorite.

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Halep, who committed 10 double faults, defeated the American in two hours and 14 minutes 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

"we had never met"Halep noted. "So I really couldn’t know what to expect. But it was a great game. I am very happy to have progressed".

"Of course I can improve. But I’m building the confidence, I’m building the game and I’m very happy to be in this position.". stressed Halep, who will return to the Top-10 next Monday thanks to this victory.

The Romanian, who thus played her 29th semifinal, has been crowned twice (2016 and 2018) at the Canadian Open.

Halep, winner of two Grand Slam tournaments, earned her 184th win in WTA 1000 tournament matches.

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