Simona Halep mounts remarkable recovery to reach French Open semi-finals

Halep dismantles Suarez Navarro to reach quarters

The third-seeded Romanian took care of that problem today at the French Open, routing Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

The second-seeded Pliskova struck eight aces and saved two of three break points knocking out the last Frenchwoman standing, Caroline Garcia, 7-6 (3), 6-4, in one hour, 51 minutes.

"So the desire that I had in that moment made him come back and just be ready for me".

Halep suggested in her post-match press conference she didn't know that was when she was match point down.

"Now I'm happy that I can be positive on court, and I will never be negative, I felt ashamed about what I did".

"He never had something to complain about with my game or about the work that I do, because I'm working, but just with my attitude".

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"Looks like one of the top four guys" is going to end up grasping the champion's Coupe des Mousquetaires, seven-time major titlist John McEnroe observed. This was his third Grand Slam tournament. "I think I played exactly what I needed to", Halep said after the match.

Andy Murray, last year's runner-up, is also on Chatrier.

"Everyone knows who remains in the draw", said Svitolina, who was two points from losing before coming back to beat 290th-ranked Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Romania's Simona Halep completed a remarkable comeback to reach the French Open semifinals on Wednesday, fighting back for a 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-0 win over fifth-seed Ukrainian Elina Svitolina. After crashing out of the Australian Open in round one, Halep's form steadily improved and she won on clay in Madrid before finishing runner-up to Elina Svitolina in Rome.

Romanian third seed Halep trailed by a set and 5-1 against the fifth seed but somehow dug herself out of a hole before storming to victory.

This was Muguruza's first attempt at defending a grand slam championship, and she ran into a determined Mladenovic, who was backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen who chanted her nickname, Kiki, throughout the match. A first-time Grand Slam champion will be crowned on Saturday and the victor could well be the one who survives this match.

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The 2014 French Open finalist will play 2016 US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova for a trip to Saturday's title match.

"I was like, 'There is no chance I make final here, '" she said.

Halep will play Karolina Pliskova today after the second seed beat Caroline Garcia 7-6, 6-4 in the other quarter-final.

"Before this tournament I was struggling on clay with nearly everything", Pliskova said afterwards. Three consecutive backhand errors handed Halep a 5-4 lead.

Asked for an explanation, Svitolina, one of the pre-tournament favourites after winning two titles on clay this year, said: "I think she started to play much better".

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