Romanian tennis player Simona Halep has qualified, without playing, for the final of the WTA tournament in Indian Wells (California), equipped with total prizes worth 5,381,235 US dollars, following the withdrawal of No. 1 Seed Serena Williams from the semifinal due to a knee injury.
The world’s No. 1 participated for the first time in the tournament in Indian Wells after a boycott of 14 year, as a result of racist reactions. She won the 1999 and the 2001 editions.
Simona Help, world’s No. 3, will now face Serbian Jelena Jankovic (world’s No. 8) in the final of the competition.
Halep is now just one step far from winning her first Premier Mandatory title, which would be the most important of her career so far, after the Premier 5 (Doha 2014 and Dubai 2015) ones that she won before, mentions the WTA page.
Halep already defeated Jankovic (age 30, WTA’s 21) three times before, while Jankovic defeated her once.
The Indian Wells final will take place on Sunday.
In the previous edition of Indian Wells, Simona Halep was eliminated in the semifinals, Agerpres informs.