Romania's Simona Halep reaches for a backhand return to Serena Williams of the U.S. during their singles final at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Mark Baker
January 09, 2015

SHENZHEN, China (AP) Simona Halep of Romania lived up to her No. 1 seeding and defeated Zheng Saisai of China 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Shenzhen Open final on Friday.

Halep will face eighth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky after the Swiss player ousted two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-4 in their first meeting.

Halep earned five service breaks against Zheng, the latest Chinese prodigy, who broke into the top 100 three months ago.

Bacsinszky was also impressive on serve, holding nine of her 10 service games, and losing the only one when she was ahead 40-15.

Bacsinszky's semifinal win over No. 4-ranked Kvitova matched her career-best win against Maria Sharapova at Wuhan in September.

Her only career title was almost six years ago. Halep is going for her ninth.

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