WTA Toronto 2022: Haddad Maia will challenge Halep in the final

Beatriz Haddad Maia in Toronto reaches the final-of-dreams with Simona Halep

by Lorenzo Ciotti
WTA Toronto 2022: Haddad Maia will challenge Halep in the final

Beatriz Haddad Maia in Toronto reaches the Toronto 2022 final-of-dreams with Simona Halep. The Brazilian tennis player, after noting in the notebook of the victims Leylah Fernandez, the world number one Iga Swiatek and the Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Belinda Bencic, also gets rid of the revived Karolina Pliskova, who at the same time had reached only one semifinal in the WTA Tour in a season full of ups and downs.

In short: the Brazilian tennis player, who takes just under sixty minutes of play to file the first set practice, manages the key moments better, recovers a disadvantage break at the foot of the third and at the end del jeu decisif even if in reality she does not immediately take advantage of the available advantage and wastes the first match point that is found on the plate.

She closes at 6-4 7-6 (5) at the threshold of two hours of play and the final is guaranteed with Simona Halep (obviously the first in her category, obviously the most prestigious in her career) already champion of the Canadian tournament in 2016 and 2018 and in an incredible state of form.

Regardless of the final result, Beatriz will at least touch position number 16 in the ranking: her success would even allow her to aim for the Top 10 before the stop at Cincinanti in the Western & Southern Open.

Simona Halep finds herself: hunt for the third title in Canada

The partnership with Mouratoglu seems to have restored confidence to the Romanian tennis player, who after the semifinal in Wimbledon and the slip in the second round in Washington she reaches at least the final in Toronto.

Halep recovers a set of disadvantage to Jessica Pegula, a well-equipped player on North American hard courts, closes at 2-6 6-3 6-4 and is forcefully among the top ten players in the world. A success in the final would still allow her to retouch the sixth position of the ranking to the detriment of Aryna Sabalenka.

The two tennis players will be also protagonists, after Toronto, in Cincinnati and, especially, at the US Open 2022 in Flushing Meadows.