Simona Halep saves match point to beat Elina Svitolina and set up Karolina Pliskova French Open semi-final


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 saves match point to beat Svitolina and set up Pliskova French Open SF

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.

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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.

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.


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France’s Caroline Garcia (R) and Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova congratulate each other after their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 7, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Gabriel BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Halep saves match point to beat Svitolina and set up Pliskova French Open SF

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.