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Halep back from brink to reach French Open semi-final

Halep back from brink to reach French Open semi-final

I just sat down at 5-2.

"I think my attitude helps me to see the game better and to be able to play relaxed and to play more positive, ” Halep said".

"He told me we will talk after Paris". Fighting off some tough resistance from the French, Pliskova managed to consolidate the break by holding her serve.

Ostapenko turns 20, and Bacsinszky will be 28 on the day they decide which one will take the other spot in the French Open final. And as Muguruza walked to the locker room after her defeat, she wagged a finger toward the stands before bursting into tears during her post-match interview.

The defending champion from Serbia lost to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. In the French Open 2017 so far, Suarez Navarro averages 19 unforced errors per match whereas Halep averages 16 unforced errors per match.

Cilic was leading 6-3, 3-0 on Court Suzanne Lenglen when Anderson quit.

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

Berdych was eliminated from the French Open in the second round by Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

There will be a first-time grand slam champion at the French Open.

Svitolina, who recently clinched the title in Rome, lost the opening set 6-4, before taking on a 6-3 victory to force a decisive set.

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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. He was the runner-up a year ago.

The last woman representing France to win the country's grand slam tournament was Mary Pierce in 2000.

The No. 3-seeded Halep routed No. 21 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1, and the No. 5 Svitolina came from a set down to beat unseeded Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

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 pair, who have never met on court before, will be playing their Grand Slam semi-finals on their birthdays.

Again Halep showed her mettle to stay alive but it still seemed in vain until she leveled at 5-5 and then went 40-0 up on Svitolina's serve before the Ukrainian rallied to take the set into a tiebreak. It was the only blip from Halep, the runner-up in 2014.

For his part Nishikori has only ever beaten Murray twice but one of those wins came at last year's US Open when Nishikori got home in five sets.

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

- Sixth-seed Dominic Thiem leads 7-6 (5) 6-3 against defending champion Novak Djokovic after nearly two hours of play on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

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