Third seed Simona Halep produced an incredible level of tennis on Court Suzanne Lenglen, recovering from an unassailable defecit to oust fifth seed Elina Svitolina for a place in the semifinal.
Svitolina looked the one in cruise control, racing to a 5-0 lead in the opening set. Halep stopped the run of poor games with two service holds sandwiched with a break before the Ukranian closed it out in game nine 6-3.
Svitolina kept the momentum up in the second set and looked to be heading for the semifinal leading 5-1. Halep on the other hand became more aggressive fighting each point with every ounce of energy in her.
Svitolina, who had beaten the Romanian some 17 days ago for the Rome title, succumbed to the pressure of serving out the match twice losing serve to bring Halep level at 5-all.
The ensuing tiebreak was a real psycholigical battle for both women and was on the knife-edge. Halep’s persistence helped her save a match point and found luck with netcord to take the second set 7-6(6).
At this point, the inexperienced Svitolina was deflated and had lost the mental battle. The Romanian on the other hand, had found her game and kept upward surge on course. The vulnerable Svitolina had no answers going forward as Halep served out a bagel to close the match 6-0.
The 2014 finalist will now face second seed Karolina Pliskova for a place in Saturday’s final. The Czech saw France’s last hope Caroline Garcia in straight sets 7-6(3) 6-4.
The first women’s semifinal on Thursday will have unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko taking on 2015 semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky.