Halep breezed past Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 in exactly 60 minutes in the fourth round, winning 68% of her first serves and 42% of her second serves in the process. This was the first win for the Romanian over Suarez Navarro on clay in her six attempts. The 2014 Runner-Up has lost just seven games in her last two matches combined while breaking her opponents a combined 24 times and winning no less than 48% of their return points overall. The 3rd seed is sky high on confidence as this is the most consistent play that she has maintained in a while winning 14 of her last 15 matches on clay.
Now coming to Elina Svitolina, the World No 6 rallied from 2-5 in the deciding set to survive Petra Martic 4-6 6-3 7-5. The 22-yr old from Ukraine required medical time out for her back in her fourth round match where she managed to secure 63% of her first serves and 44% of her second serves.
But she has produced a total of 65 unforced errors in her last two matches, a number she must improve to stand a chance against Halep. The 5th seed, enjoying some of the best tennis of her career at the moment after winning titles at Istanbul and Rome this year, has won nine straight matches on clay now along with equaling her best result at the French Open.
The pair will be meeting for the third time in their career (second time on clay) with the H2H tally 1-1. Their latest meeting was at the Rome Masters 2017 where Svitolina got the better of Halep in three sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
This is the second quarterfinal appearance for both the players at the French Open but this is the eighth Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance for Halep while it’s just the second for Svitolina. It will surely be a thrilling match with the players having similar game styles and Halep having a slight due to her experience but if Svitolina can display the same determination that she has shown in Rome a few weeks back, the match could potentially turn out to be a classic encounter.
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