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French Open results Day 9: Simona Halep charges into quarter-finals

French Open results Day 9: Simona Halep charges into quarter-finals

But Garcia, once tipped as a future world number one by Andy Murray, got her revenge in the best possible way with a 6-2 6-4 win to reach her first grand slam singles quarter-final.

"I played my best match of the tournament".

"I played a good game". "When I sat down at 2-5 (in the second set) I just said the match is lost".

The third-seeded Halep will play either fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina in a rematch of last month's Rome final or 290th-ranked Croatian Petra Martic for a spot in the final four. Halep suffered an ankle injury in that match, which seriously affected her game.

"It can happen", said the Paris-based Svitolina, who at 22 was playing in her second French Open quarter-final.

Murray largely dispensed with the chuntering and lapses that accompanied his first two matches as he maintained the momentum established in beating Juan Martin del Potro with an assured display on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Asked how she managed not to let the frustration take over, she said smiling: "You want me to cry, no?".

- Djokovic has now failed to win a grand slam in his last four appearances, after winning four in a row before his current slump.

Halep has beaten Pliskova four times in six outings, most recently in the last 16 of last year's Canadian Masters.




Svitolina said she had panicked after experiencing shooting pain in her back 30 minutes before the match.

The third-seeded Halep, who trailed 5-0 in the first set, was down 5-1 in the second.

"The return of Vika (Azarenka) especially on hard courts, she hasn't been in the mix obviously for over a year". "I stayed there until the end, even if I was a little bit upset during the match".

But whether it was the swirling wind which snapped the flags lining the roof of the showcourt, or Halep's varied pace, the Spaniard repeatedly struggled to find her range.

There will be a first-time grand slam champion at the French Open. "It's not like you're going to get it for free, you know".

"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. From start of this tournament, I play better and better and I hope to continue to improve". She's playing also for being world No. 1.

This will be the second semifinal of the day, taking place at around 17:00 Paris time, and the victor will face unseeded Jelena Ostapenko or 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky in the final.

"It's probably tough to play my best tennis on this surface", she said, noting her trouble with the footwork that can be tricky and the way clay dulls her risky serve.

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