Simona Halep rallies to set up Dubai Championships semifinal against Jennifer Brady
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Top-seeded Simona Halep came from a set down for the second day in a row to beat Aryna Sabalenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Thursday and reach the semifinals at the Dubai Championships.
Halep had to save a match point against Ons Jabeur on Wednesday and again found herself in trouble against the hard-hitting Sabalenka. But she broke for a 3-1 lead in both the second and third sets to earn her third win in four career meetings with the Belarusian.
'It's always tough to play against her because she's very strong and hits the ball really, really hard,' Halep said.