Qatar Open: Simona Halep beats Elina Svitolina to reach final

Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep
Svitolina (left) had been in control of the final set against Halep before she was beaten

Simona Halep won five games in a row in the final set to beat Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals of the Qatar Open.

World number three Halep beat Ukrainian Svitolina 6-3 3-6 6-4 and will face Elise Mertens in the final on Saturday.

Svitolina had three chances to go 5-1 up in the third set but Halep managed to turn the match around.

"I didn't give up today and I promised myself I would never give up against her again," said top seed Halep.

Halep had lost four of their five encounters since 2014 and after her quarter-final win over Julia Goerges admitted "giving up" in some of those matches.

"She's a very good fighter and it's probably the best match of the tournament so far. I was strong in my legs and I was definitely not tired," added Halep.

"It means a lot to me to win here and the crowd were pretty awesome."

Belgium's Mertens beat third seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4 2-6 6-1.

Saturday's match will be Halep's 34th career final, with the Romanian triumphing in Qatar in 2014 when she beat Kerber 6-2 6-3.

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