I’ll say this about Simona Halep, she is fearless. After defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-2 in the semifinals of the 2014 WTA Finals, for the second time in this event she will face Serena Williams, who won a thrilling semifinal match against Caroline Wozniacki, 2-6 6-3 7-6 (6). It’s difficult enough to beat Serena once in a tournament, which Simona did in the round robin stage, much less having to pull off the upset of the world #1 twice. Halep could have avoided this. If she had gone out in her third round robin match, a match she didn’t need to win, and just let Ana Ivanovic beat her in straight sets Serena would have been eliminated. But Simona, while losing to Ana, tried her best to win, grabbing the second set after almost winning the first set. Ana would take the match in 3 sets, but because of tiebreaker rules (Simona, Ana and Serena were all tied at 2-1) Ivanovic needed a straight sets win to advance. They would never admit it publicly, but there are players that if they had already qualified for the semis and could lock out the threat that Serena poses by losing in straight sets in a meaningless (for them) round robin match…well, let’s be real. But Simona is fearless. She went out and played with honor and professionalism. Whether that comes back to bite her on Sunday remains to be seen.
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4 SIMONA HALEP d. 6 AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA, 6-2 6-2
1 SERENA WILLIAMS d. 8 CAROLINE WOZNIACKI, 2-6 6-3 7-6 (6)