"It's a special moment" - Haddad Maia on maiden WTA 1000 final
Haddad Maia will face Simona Halep in the final and it will be the 3rd time they played this year. Halep smashed her in Australia earlier this year 6-2 6-0 with the Brazilian winning in Birmingham en route to a title run. Now she'll face her again in the final after winning another match:
"It's a special moment. I think I had a very tough draw. I had to push myself. I played a lot of tough moments."
For the Brazilian, Halep is a grart champion, a player she respects very much:
"[Halep is] a champion. She's a person who works very hard. I know it will be a very tough battle, but I'm going to enjoy. I'm going to leave everything on the court. I will try to play aggressive. I learned a lot today because in the moments that I wasn't too aggressive, [Pliskova] was playing better than me. ... I want to improve that for tomorrow. So I'm going to try to enjoy and play point by point."