Halep will be number one if he wins against Bertens his third title

Halep beat the emerging Bencic in three sets (6-2, 6-7 (2) and 6-0) and will play the Mutua final for the fourth time. Bertens beat Stephens 6-2 and 7-5 and repeated.

Simona Halep is one triumph to win her third title at the Mutua Madrid Open and to recover, if she wins, the world number one. The Romanian, who came to the Premier Mandatory of the capital of Spain "without expectations" and ensures that is not "one hundred percent", won in three sets (6-2, 6-7 (2) and 6-0) to the emerging Belinda Bencic and will play his fourth final in the tournament. The opportunity to match Kvitova's record of three trophies, Halep will have this Saturday (18:30, TDP, #Vamos) before the winner of the other semifinal, the Dutch Kiki Bertens, which surpassed the American Sloane Stephens by 6-2 and 7-5 and repeated consecutively by the title.

Bencic, Switzerland 22 years 18th of the ranking (it will be 15th on Monday), had won this year the four top-5 that had faced (Kvitova, Halep, Pliskova and Osaka (twice)) , but she lacked the patience to overcome for the third time in her career the Romanian, who played a serious game and did not win it before because she fell into one of her frequent slumps in the second set. He had floated on the track in the first race and under the piston just enough for the Swiss, with a drive crossed in a wonderful race, to grow and match the duel in the tiebreak. But the effort of the comeback attempt took its toll on a third race in which Halep's greatest physical ability and speed prevailed, which closed his triumph with a rosco.

Eleven changes on the throne in less than three years

Since the record reign of Serena Williams in the WTA (186 weeks in a row) will end in September 2016, there have been 11 number one changes in less than three years, and there could be 12 if Halep returns to the top. Serena was succeeded by Angelique Kerber for 20 weeks, until the American returned to the top seven others; Kerber repeated the next five, before Serena took the place for three more; Kerber passed it again and it was up nine in already in 2017 and Pliskova (8), Muguruza (4), Halep, for the first time (16), Wozniacki (4), Halep, for the second time (48) and Pliskova (8); Osaka, current leader who accumulates 12 weeks.

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