Halep beats Gauff 6-4, 7-6(2) to reach Toronto semis

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TORONTO (AP) – Two-time champion Simona Halep defeated Coco Gauff 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Friday to reach the National Bank Open semifinals.

Halep, the 30-year-old Romanian, won the event in Montreal in 2016 and 2018. She will face seventh seed Jessica Pegula, who won 6-3, 6-3 over Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.

Halep, the 15th seed, is 4-0 against Gauff, the 18-year-old American, seeded 10th.

In the night session, 12th-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland faced Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil and 14th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic faced Zheng Qinwen of China.


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