French Open 2018: Simona Halep battles past Angelique Kerber to reach third Roland Garros semi-finals

Paris: World No 1 Simona Halep won a bruising quarter-final battle against Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2) 6-3 6-2 to book a place against Garbine Muguruza in the French Open semis.

Halep started slowly, spraying shots wide as she lost the first four games of the match against the number 12 seed who hit her early groundstrokes with lethal accuracy.

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 6, 2018 Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her quarter final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Benoit Tessier - RC1F5D0CF680

Simona Halep celebrates winning her quarter-final match against Angelique Kerber. Reuters

But the Romanian clawed her way back into the contest, winning three straight games as both players struggled to hold on to their serves in a monster opening set that swung one way and then the next.

Kerber eventually prevailed in a tiebreak, but Halep came out all guns blazing in the second, firing baseline bullets at her opponent, who tried to cling on against the onslaught.

But by the third set Halep had broken down the German's defences — and her resolve.

"It's always a tough match when I play against her. After the first set I just stayed strong and didn't give up," Halep told the court Suzanne Lenglen crowd in a post-match interview.

"I missed a lot in the beginning. I tried to do too much. I changed the tactics a bit and it worked."


Updated Date: Jun 06, 2018 20:42 PM

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