Pliskova ends French presence to reach Roland Garros last four

Jun 08, 2017, 02:13
Pliskova ends French presence to reach Roland Garros last four

Halep crushed Suarez 6-1, 6-1, in one hour.

"I just try to find myself into this zone where I don't do much unforced errors", the Ukrainian said, "and still play aggressive".

"So I have just to improve in this way because he never had something to complain about my game and about the work that I do because I'm working, but just with my attitude".

"I think I played my best match this year", Halep said.

"I asked him if he wants to come back before Madrid". Maybe not (Karolina) Pliskova, but it's still land of opportunity.

At 33, Agassi became the oldest man to reach No.1 and secured his eighth and final major - the 2003 Australian Open - under Cahill.

Cilic advanced as Kevin Anderson retired hurt with a leg injury, when trailing the Croat 6-3, 3-0.

With Cahill - who returned in May - watching from the stands on Suzanne Lenglen court, Halep indeed maintained her focus to avoid elimination.

Former champion Stan Wawrinka and top-ranked Andy Murray were to play later today.

The loss marked the end of Chan Hao-ching's French Open after the Taiwanese and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands fell to a 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 defeat to Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Rajeev Ram of the U.S. in the second round of the mixed doubles on Sunday.

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After Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova lost Sunday, the French Open - which is missing Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka - is guaranteed of producing a first-time grand slam victor.

The Bopanna-Dabrowski pair, seeded seventh, defeated the second-seeded Sania-Dodig pair 6-3 6-4 in the 52-minute quarterfinals contest that involved two Indians.

The second set was a similar story with Murray dominating in all the key statistics and he made sure he would not be on court longer than needed by breaking serve in the first game of the third set. Adding to that, in his Grand Slam career, Kevin Anderson has saved 65.6% of the break points he has faced.

Svitolina reeled off five straight games from 2-5 down in the final set for a hard-fought victory against the 290th-ranked Martic.

Ukrainian Svitolina saved four set points at 5-6 in the second and then had a match point in the tiebreak which Halep saved with a courageous forehand that kissed the sideline and followed that with an improvised backhand victor.

Third seed Halep next faces Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova in a semi-final that Svitolina, who had a match point during the tiebreak, could have felt was hers.

Simona Halep thought she was beaten during a dramatic French Open quarter-final against Elina Svitolina, but said fighting spirit and a stronger mentality enabled her to pull off a sensational fightback. It was the only blip from Halep, the runner-up in 2014.

Pliskova reached the U.S. Open final a year ago, but the Czech player had never been past the second round at Roland Garros in five previous appearances.

- Nadal has progressed past the last eight for the 10th time and is seeking to win his 10th title.

Pliskova, the 2016 US Open runner-up, will take on Caroline Garcia of France for a place in the semi-finals.

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