5 wins this week would have taken Simona Halep to her 50th win of the year and her fourth title of the year however her run in Guangzhou was cut short after a 6-4 6-3 defeat to Denisa Allertova who is ranked at 74 in the world right now.
I’ve only watched Denisa play once before and that was against Johanna Konta at Roland Garros earlier on in the year when she won in three sets and took the first set against the Brit 7-6 (19-17) in one of the longest tie-breaks ever.
This is Allertova’s biggest win who now advances to a semi-final with Sara Errani and is one win away from the final! For Halep it’s one to forget. Nothing was working today especially the backhand down the line however she has to regroup for Wuhan next where 7 of the top 10 are playing and Halep is the top seed!