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Halep rallies again to reach Dubai semis

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Top-seeded Simona Halep came from a set down for the second day in a row to beat Aryna Sabalenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Thursday and reach the semifinals at the Dubai Championships.

Halep had to save a match point against Ons Jabeur on Wednesday and again found herself in trouble against the hard-hitting Sabalenka. But she broke for a 3-1 lead in both the second and third sets to earn her third win in four career meetings with the Belarusian.

“It's always tough to play against her because she's very strong and hits the ball really, really hard,” Halep said. "I think I played quicker in the second set and third set. She didn't have time to stay and to hit the ball. So I think that was the key of the match."

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