Halep to face Bertens in Madrid final

Madrid (AFP) –

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Simona Halep beat Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-0 on Friday to advance to the final of the Madrid Open.

The Romanian could return to the number one ranking with her third title at the Caja Magica.

In Saturday's final, French Open champion Halep will face 2018 Madrid runner-up Kiki Bertens after the Dutch seventh seed defeated Sloane Stephens of the United States 6-2, 7-5