Halep, Stosur, Pavlyuchenkova win in straight sets

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Simona Halep, Samantha Stosur and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova were straight-sets winners at the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions on Wednesday.

Top-seeded Halep defeated seventh-seeded Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 6-4, with a second consecutive round-robin win in the Serdika group easing her way to the semifinals. The Romanian's last match of the group stage will be against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, who replaced injured Maria Kirilenko.

Former U.S. Open champion Stosur swept to an impressive 6-3, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Russian Elena Vesnina in the Sredets group, needing only 38 minutes to seal the opening set. Vesnina took a surprise 3-0 lead in the second set before Stosur stormed back to take the match. In Wednesday's last match, Russia's Pavlyuchenkova defeated Svitolina 6-2, 6-4.

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