Serena Williams "excited" to face Simona Halep again

Serena Williams of the US raises her arms after defeating Venus Williams of the US during their women's final match at the US Open Tennis Tournament on September 7, 2002
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World number one Serena Williams reveals that she is "excited" to face Simon Halep again in the WTA Finals after being thrashed by the Romanian earlier this week.

Serena Williams has said that she is "excited" to play Simona Halep again in the WTA Championship final after suffering a heavy defeat to the Romanian earlier this week.

The world number one was thrashed 6-0 6-2 in the group stages in Singapore, but still managed to reach the final of the event, beating Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals this morning.

The American told BBC Sport: "I'm excited. My goal is to win three games. That'll be my first goal. I'm going to go from there. Hopefully I can hold serve. That would be good. Most of all, I hope to break once.

"Caroline played a great match, it was really difficult today. I feel so bad. She's the only one undefeated [after the group stages] in this tournament and she deserved to win."

Halep is appearing in the end-of-season event for the first time, while Williams has won the competition four times, including for the last two years.

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