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Tennis: World number five Halep books place in WTA Finals

The Romanian ended last season as world number two but is yet to win a Grand Slam. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Hubei, China Sep 29, 2016, 03.44 PM (IST)

World number five Simona Halep booked her spot in the season-ending WTA final after she reached the semi-finals of the Wuhan Open by beating big-hitting Madison Keys on Thursday.

The Romanian beat Keys 6-4 6-2 to book her spot in the season finale in Singapore, which will see the top eight players in the world slug it out to win what is popularly called the "fifth grand slam".

"It's amazing to be qualified again for Singapore three years in a row. It's a good thing. It gives me confidence," Halep told reporters after the quarter-final match.

"I don't (have) big shots, but I have speed on the court... I like to take the ball fast. So when I do that, I think I can play at the highest level," she added.

So far, only world number one Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams have qualified for the highly lucrative tournament. The field remains wide open for the remaining five spots.

Halep, now has her sight set on the prize with Serena Williams having taken only one Grand Slam title this year. 

"Every Grand Slam was another winner, Kerber two times this year. I feel now (it) is more open. I feel that I have (a) bigger chance," said the Romanian, who ended last season as world number two but is yet to win a Slam.

Halep will meet two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals after she ended a strong run by Briton Johanna Konta in straight sets.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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