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Halep remains on course

Halep remains on course

Defending champion Simona Halep remains on course to retain the Madrid Open title after a convincing 6-1 6-1 quarter-final win over Coco Vandeweghe to set up a last-four encounter with Anastasija Sevastova who beat Kiki Bertens 6-3 6-3 to make her first career semi-final.

"It puts me in the way to understand that it's much better to stay relaxed, just calm, not talking and doing other stuff on court

"In the last five weeks I feel different. I keep more energy in this way," Halep said following her easy victory. "It puts me in the way to understand that it’s much better to stay relaxed, just calm, not talking and doing other stuff on court."

Number 14 seed Kristina Mladenovic reached her second semi-final in her last three appearances after beating Romanian wildcard Sorana Cirstea 6-4 6-4.

"That was a tricky one," she said. "I think it was the first time we both played with the roof closed. It was a different kind of match because it feels like it’s indoors, so the ball is going a little bit faster."

Svetlana Kuznetsova completed the semi-final line-up with a 6-4 6-0 win over Eugenie Bouchard, Maria SharapovaŠ—Ès second round conqueror who, in the previous round, also ousted Angelique Kerber who retired with a thigh injury when trailing 6-3 5-0.






About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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