Halep beats Bencic to reach Madrid final

Simona Halep returns the ball to Belinda Bencic, during the Madrid Open. (AFP pic)

MADRID: Simona Halep beat Swiss Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-0 on Friday to advance to the final of the Madrid Open.

The Romanian could return to the number one ranking with her third title at the Caja Magica.

Bencic had defeated Halep in their last two matches, including a Dubai quarter-final in February.