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Tennis: Cibulkova wins mental battle against Halep

Slovakian underdog Dominika Cibulkova won the mental battle against 11th seed Simona Halep to storm into only her second Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open Wednesday. The 20th seed, in her best performance at Melbourne Park, marched past the Romanian 6-3, 6-0 and will play fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who upset defending champion Victoria Azarenka, for a place in the final.

Tennis: Cibulkova v Halep quarter-final match stats

Match statistics from the Australian Open quarter-final between Dominika Cibulkova and Simona Halep on Wednesday (x denotes seeding): Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x20) bt Simona Halep (ROU x11) 6-3, 6-0 Time: 1hr 0min Halep - Cibulkova 2 Aces 0 1 Double Faults 3 9 Winners 17 25 Unforced Errors 16 1/3 Break Point Conversions 5/9 32 Total Points Won 54 afp

Tennis: Cibulkova routs Halep to make Aussie Open semis

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova stormed into only her second Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday by ending the dreams of 11th seed Simona Halep in straight sets. The 20th seed, in her best performance at Melbourne Park, marched past the Romanian 6-3, 6-0 and will play either defending champion Victoria Azarenka or fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the last four. The short but energetic Cibulkova drew on her experience to down the aggressive baseliner, who went into the clash as favourite after a breakthrough season last year when she won six titles.

Tennis: Halep floors Jankovic with third-set rally

Simona Halep roared back from a mid-match wobble against former world number one Jelena Jankovic to fulfil a dream and reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open Monday. The five foot six inches (1.68m) Romanian won the first set before being taken to a decider, but she recovered magnificently in the third set to take the match 6-4, 2-6, 6-0. "I started nervous but I played a good first set. The second set I was tired, I don't know why but my energy was very down," said the 22-year-old world number 11.

Halep wants to keep having fun after breakthrough season

By Angel Krasimirov SOFIA (Reuters) - Unheralded Romanian Simona Halep is vowing to keep the fun factor in her game following her victory in the Tournament of Champions on Sunday at the end of a breakthrough season on the women's tour. The 22-year-old won the season-ending event in Sofia on Sunday, beating former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur 2-6 6-2 6-2 in a thrilling final to cap a remarkable six months which has lifted her to number 11 in the world rankings.

Tennis: Halep fights back to beat Stosur for Sofia title

Top-seeded Romanian Simona Halep defeated fourth-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the season-ending Tournament of Champions on Sunday for her sixth title of the season. Halep, 22, won $270,000 for her title and is now projected to rise from No.14 to No.11 on the new rankings. "I played really well this week. I want to thank everybody who came here to support me. They helped me a lot," Halep said, cheered by a large crowd of Romanians who travelled to Sofia, including legendary 1970s tennis player Ilie Nastase.

Tennis: Halep to face Stosur in Sofia final

Simona Halep battled back from a double break down in the third set to beat Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 and reach the WTA Tournament of Champions final on Saturday. Romanian top seed Halep will face Australian fourth seed Samantha Stosur who beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the sixth-seeded Russian, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in her semi-final. On Sunday, Halep will be chasing her sixth title of 2013. Ivanovic led 3-0 in the final set but Halep won 25 of the last 32 points to seal victory.

Tennis: Halep fights back to beat Ivanovic, makes Sofia final

Simona Halep battled back from a double break down in the third set to beat Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 and reach the WTA Tournament of Champions final on Saturday. Romanian top seed Halep will face either Australian fourth seed Samantha Stosur or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the sixth-seeded Russian, in Sunday's final where she will be chasing her sixth title of 2013. Ivanovic led 3-0 in the final set but Halep won 25 of the last 32 points to seal victory.

Tennis: Halep tunes up for US Open with triumph over Kvitova

Simona Halep rolled past defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday in the WTA New Haven final, her first hardcourt title coming days before the US Open. Halep, 21, notched her fourth title of 2013, adding it to claycourt titles won at Nuremberg and Budapest and a grasscourt crown at 's-Hertogenbosch. She needed just 66 minutes to defeat former Wimbledon champion Kvitova, the third seed, punctuating the triumph with an ace on her first match point.

Tennis: Halep tunes up for US Open with triumph over Kvitova

Simona Halep rolled past defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday in the WTA New Haven final, her first hardcourt title coming days before the US Open. Halep, 21, notched her fourth title of 2013, adding it to claycourt titles won at Nuremberg and Budapest and a grasscourt crown at 's-Hertogenbosch. She needed just 66 minutes to defeat former Wimbledon champion Kvitova, the third seed, punctuating her first premier level triumph with her only ace of the contest on her first match point.
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