Power Ranger – Halep Uses Deceptive Strength, Apparent Speed To Move Into Semis

Simona Halep

On Wednesday No.  2 seed Simona Halep powered past the taller and stronger Victoria Azarenka, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Their size difference (Halep is 5-foot-6, 132 pounds; Azarenka 6-foot-0, 148) was referenced earlier in the day by Flavia Pennetta, who also noted that fact’s irrelevance. “It look like she’s not that powerful, but she is,” Pennetta said. “To make a winner to her you have to finish the point seven times. She is always there, always in, the ball is always coming back.” Pennetta and Halep are due for a Friday semifinal showdown. “It is going to be like a marathon,” Pannetta said.

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