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  • Simona Halep Saves Match Point to Beat Elina Svitolina and Set Up Karolina Pliskova French Open 2017 Semi Final

    Reporter: Aditya Soni
    Published: Wednesday, 7 June 2017
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    Halep fought back from the brink (Picture: AFP/Getty)


    Simona Halep saved a match point on her way to the French Open semi-finals as she came back from a set and 5-1 down to beat Elina Svitolina and set up a clash with Karolina Pliskova.

    Halep, a finalist in 2014, had not dropped a set heading into the last-four clash, but was on her way to being soundly beaten on a difficult afternoon on Suzanne-Lenglen.

    However, seemingly out of the competition, the Romanian somehow dug deep when it really mattered – saving a match point in the second set tiebreak – and scrapped her way into a last-four tie against Pliskova, winning 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-0.

    The third seed will now battle the world No. 3, with both targeting a place at the top of the rankings should they win a maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.

    Pliskova fought hard herself to reach the final, beating home favourite Caroline Garcia in two close sets to win 7-6 (7-3) 6-4.

    Pliskova beat Garcia (Picture: AFP/Getty)

    Svitolina had beaten Halep in their most recent meeting in Rome, with the Romanian suffering an ankle injury during a three-sets defeat that almost saw her miss the tournament.

    And the 22-year-old was once again victorious as she advanced into her first Grand Slam semi-final.

    Svitolina couldn’t get the job done (Picture: AFP/Getty)


    Halep looked out of the contest at 6-3 5-1 down but she rallied back and forced a tiebreak.

    After saving a match point, she regrouped and won the final set 6-0 to move one game away from her second French Open final.

    The other last-four tie sees Timea Bacsinszky face Jelena Ostapenko after they beat Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Wozniacki respectively on Tuesday.

    None of the quarter-finalists had won a Grand Slam throughout their careers and there will be a new French Open champion crowned on Saturday.
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