Allertova stuns Halep in China


Denisa Allertova pulled off the biggest win of her fledgling career, dumping world number two Simona Halep out of the Guangzhou International Women’s Open on Thursday.

Allertova beat then-number 10 in the world Carla Suarez Navarro at the US Open last month, and was again impressive in China, despite the clash with Halep representing her first meeting with a player in the world’s top five.

A run of taking six games out of seven helped Allertova take out the opening set and race to a 5-1 lead in the second, before rounding off a 6-4 6-3 victory with apparent ease.

“I have amazing feelings, because I won against Simona Halep,” world number 74 Allertova said.

“She’s a great player, ranked number two. I can breathe now!

“I was just trying to focus every point, not looking who’s on the other side, just focusing on myself and playing my tennis. I was fighting every point and it worked. I’m so happy.

“It was my first time playing such a top player like this, but at the US Open I played against Suarez Navarro, also an amazing player, a top-10 player, and I beat her, but it’s the first time in my life to have a win like this.”

Allertova faces another stellar test in the semi-finals in the form of third seed Sara Errani, who thrashed Zheng Saisai 6-1 6-0 to reach the final four.

Jelena Jankovic and Yanina Wickmayer will battle it out for a place in the final, after overcoming Svetlana Kuznetsova and Monica Niculescu respectively.