Simona Halep Beats Elina Svitolina To Reach Semi-Finals

Simona Halep Beats Elina Svitolina To Reach Semi-Finals

Simona Halep Beats Elina Svitolina To Reach Semi-Finals

Of all the quarter-finalists, none of whom had won a major, Halep looked the more likely champion with her claycourt pedigree and a run to the 2014 final when she was beaten by Russian Maria Sharapova.

The Czech finished with 45 winners to just 14 for Halep, but she made 55 unforced errors to just 14 for Halep.

"I didn't think I would be in the final but every match I've played better", Ostapenko said. "She played very well, we were both serving well", said Pliskova after reaching her first semi-final in Paris.

"Coming into this tournament, there were a few people who told me, "you have to be in the final to be number one". She really wants this badly and is going to go to any length to win. "I think it's a nice gift", she said. I couldn't be more happy.

Here are a few fun facts about Ostapenko.

Ostapenko converted her second match point with a forehand attack, her 50th victor of the match. Ostapenko's average was 76 miles per hour (122 kph).

"I was always playing aggressive and trying to hit the ball when I have the chance". Still, not much later, she was two points from taking that set.

Like Ostapenko, Halep is one win away from her first Grand Slam title.

Her now trademark smile followed a fearless win in the first set.

She has a total lack of fear.

She didn't even know how dire things were at that moment. Ostapenko continues to go for broke and it's paying off for her in a way she couldn't have imagined. Ostapenko took out Timea Bacsinszky, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3. She doesn't measure maybe what she's doing right now.

A fired-up Halep bossed the longer rallies and held for a 5-3 lead with a vicious cross-court forehand under clear blue skies. She tried hitting deeper. It comes that [high] above the net and in the corner. "I had no idea what does it mean". But she does it.

The 20-year-old Latvian has had an incredible tournament so far.

And history might just be on the Latvian youngter's side.

She added: "It was a little bit stressful, but not a lot".

Now ranked 47th in the world, Ostapenko was able to get by the 11th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals, the 23rd-seeded Samantha Stosur, the unseeded Lesia Tsurenko, world number 40 Ekaterina Makarova and American Louisa Chirico in the opening round to reach the finals. In the victory, Halep won 71 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points.

"Bad luck. OK. It's a tough one", Bacsinszky said when she was informed of that margin, her eyes filling with tears. The last player to win their debut title at Roland Garros was Gustavo Kuerten on June 8, 1997 - the day Ostapenko was born. She has never gotten passed the third round of a Grand Slam.

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