Toronto SF #1: (2) (wc) Simona Halep vs (15) Sara Errani
Saturday’s first semi-final at the Rogers Cup sees world number 3 Simona Halep take on surprise semi-finalist Sara Errani. Simona Halep will enter her seventh semi-final of the year as the raging favourite as she looks to reach her fourth final of 2015 and potentially claim her fourth title of the year.
Simona Halep has kicked off her U.S Open series in style, picking up three victories over quality opponents. The Romanian was solid in a straight set victory over Jankovic in her opening match before notching up impressive three set victories over Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska to advance to the final four. Halep looked to be in big trouble against the defending champion on Friday, Halep lost the first set 0-6 but gradually raised her level to outlast the Pole. Halep seems to be enjoying herself this week and is committed to fighting for every point.
Sara Errani has surpassed all expectations this week, advancing to her first premier level semi-final since Rome last year. Errani has overcome some tough opponents this week, most notably her 7-5 6-3 third round victory over Victoria Azarenka. Errani advanced to the final four with a solid 6-4 6-4 victory over Tsurenko, making the most of a favourable opening in the draw.
Simona Halep holds a 2-1 head to head record over the Italian. Halep won the most recent encounter between the pair, a 6-4 6-4 victory in Stuttgart earlier this year. Halep has been played into some good form this week and should be far too good for Errani on Saturday. Halep and Errani both possess great movement around the court, however Halep’s superior serve and ability to finish the points early are the big differences in this matchup.
Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Sara Errani in 2 sets