Halep's win in stats

Simona Halep saw off Angelique Kerber 6-3 4-6 9-7 on Thursday reach the Australian Open final.

Simona Halep celebrates reaching the Australian Open final   -  Getty Images

World number one Simona Halep overpowered 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in a titanic battle to book her spot in the final of the Australian Open.

In a gripping contest, Halep needed a fourth match point to see off Kerber 6-3 4-6 9-7, having saved two of her own in an absorbing encounter on Thursday.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN  
Halep [1] bt Kerber [21] 6-3 4-6 9-7

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS  
Halep – 50/50
Kerber – 33/34

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS  
Halep – 6/3
Kerber – 0/0

BREAK POINTS WON  
Halep – 9/22
Kerber – 7/7

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE  
Halep – 68
Kerber – 71

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE  
Halep – 67/33
Kerber – 52/42

TOTAL POINTS  
Halep – 116
Kerber – 103