Top seed Halep and Norway’s Ruud progress to Rome semi-finals – HEDGE accordingly

Top seed Simona Halep made it through to her fifth semi-final at the WTA Premier event in Rome on Saturday after Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva pulled out with a lower back injury trailing 6-2, 2-0.Halep will now await the winner between US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka and Spanish ninth seed Garbine Muguruza in Sunday’s final four.In the men’s event, Norway’s 21-year-old Casper Ruud advanced to his first Masters semi-final after he edged out Italian home favourite Matteo Berrettini in a tight final set tie-break to win 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).Ruud was 4-1 down in the deciding breaker but rallied…

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HEDGE accordingly