Romania's Simona Halep and Belgian Kirsten Flipkens reached the final of the Topshelf Open, a grass-court event in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, by scoring lopsided straight-set victories Friday over Spaniards Carla Suarez Navarro and Garbiñe Muguruza, respectively.
Suarez, the No. 3 seed, lost the first semifinal 6-3, 6-2 to Halep, as she was unable to cope on a slicker surface against an opponent she had defeated on clay in the first round of the French Open late last month.
In the second semifinal, Muguruza, a 19-year-old qualifier, was unable to continue her impressive run in 's-Hertogenbosch, falling 6-3, 6-1 to the fourth-seeded Flipkens.
The Belgian was very effective on serve and staved off the lone break point the Spanish teen held during the one-hour match.
In Friday's men's semifinals, Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez lost to Swiss No. 2 seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4, while France's Nicolas Mahut was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Belgium's Xavier Malisse.
The Topshelf Open is a tune-up for Wimbledon, which gets underway on Monday. EFE