By Erik Gudris / November 2, 2013
Simona Halep will seek her sixth title of the year against Sam Stosur as they meet in the WTA Tournament of Champions finals in Sofia.
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Simona Halep and Sam Stosur will each seek to end 2013 on a winning note when they meet in the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament of Champions finals on Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Halep faced Ana Ivanovic in the first semifinal on Saturday that proved to be a back and forth contest for both. Ivanovic raced away with five games in a row to take the opening set 6-2. Halep returned the favor by marching to a 6-1 second set in just 34 minutes.
The final set looked to be all sewn up for Ivanovic when she bolted to a 3-0 lead. But there was one more momentum shift in store as Halep won the last six games en route to a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory.
With her efforts in Sofia, Halep will rise to a career high No. 11 in the world on Monday regardless of her result in Sunday's finals.
Waiting for Halep in the finals will be Sam Stosur. Stosur also found herself in a roller coaster three set semi against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
With both women splitting the first two sets by the exact score of 6-1, a final set was needed. Stosur took control with an early break and never let go of her hold on the match. Serving for the match up 5-3, Stosur struck her fourth ace on match point to seal the 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 win.
Halep and Stosur last met a few weeks ago in the Moscow finals that Halep won. Halep is 5-0 in WTA finals this season. Stosur, who earlier won titles in Carlsbad and Osaka, will go for her third title of the year.