Sports French Open: Top-ranked Simona Halep advances to semifinals

19:31  06 june  2018
19:31  06 june  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Top - ranked Rafael Nadal moved into the semifinals of the China Open by beating sixth-seeded John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (0) on Friday. Simona Halep , on course to becoming the No. 1 player in the world for the first time, faces French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Simona Halep , the world's top - ranked women's tennis player, outlasted Petra Martic of Croatia 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open . Halep advances to Indian Wells semifinals . 77d.

a woman holding a racket on a court: Simona Halep of Romania celebrates her victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber in women's singles quarter-final play at the French Open in Paris on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Romanian will play Garbine Muguruza in Thursday's semifinals.© Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Simona Halep of Romania celebrates her victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber in women's singles quarter-final play at the French Open in Paris on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Romanian will play Garbine Muguruza in Thursday's semifinals.

Top-ranked Simona Halep has rallied past Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to reach the French Open semifinals.

Halep went all out in Wednesday's first set but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors. She reacted well to limit her mistakes while staying aggressive on her German opponent's service games.

"After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all," said Halep, the 26-year-old Romanian who will face Garbine Muguruza on Thursday. "I missed a lot at the beginning of the match. I tried to do too much. Then I changed a little bit of tactics and it worked."

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Top - ranked Simona Halep of Romania struggled to post a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 second-round win over French lucky loser Oceane Dodin at the Miami Open on Thursday. She also reached the Australian Open semifinals . Two-time Miami champion Victoria Azarenka also advanced .

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Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title. She led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros. But she fell apart and eventually lost to the unseeded Latvian in her second French Open final.

Muguruza through

Garbine Muguruza overwhelmed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in a matchup of past French Open champions to reach the semifinals.

The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.

Muguruza has not dropped a set so far in this year's tournament as she seeks a second championship in Paris and third major trophy overall. The Spaniard won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon last year.

She needed only 70 minutes to eliminate Sharapova and dominated her with superb returning, breaking the former No. 1 a half-dozen times.

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Simona Halep , the world's top - ranked women's tennis player, outlasted Petra Martic of Croatia 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open . French OpenFrench Open . Australian OpenAustralian Open . Halep advances to Indian Wells semifinals . 72d.

Simona Halep advanced to the semifinal stage of the Shenzen Open in impressive fashion after beating Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-2. 2dMichael Steinberger. Top - ranked Halep wins tough 3-setter in Miami. Halep , 26, made it to the French Open final in 2017 but was beaten to the title by Jelena

Sharapova was hardly at her best right from the start, double-faulting three times to get broken in the opening game. She ended up with six double-faults and 27 total unforced errors, 12 more than Muguruza.

Muguruza raced to a 4-0 lead and never looked back.

Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with an injured chest muscle. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games.

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