Day 12 of the French Open will witness Simona Halep Vs Karolina Pliskova in one of the women’s semifinals clashes.
Halep displayed a marvelous comeback in her quarterfinal match to oust the 5th seed Elina Svitolina, who was probably her biggest threat on her way to the first Roland Garros Title. The 3rd seed was pushed to the edges when she was a set and 5-1 down in the second but showed tremendous mental strength to fight her way back in the match to save a match point and ultimately close the match at 3-6, 7-6, 6-0.
Things went rather comfortably for the Romanian in the first two rounds with her straight set wins against Jana Cepelova and Tatjana Maria. But everything got a bit tricky when she had to survive tough matches against Daria Kasatkina and Carla Suarez Navarro. Halep, who is 9-1 in her last 10 matches on clay, is looking more confident on the surface despite her slow start to the season.
Coming to Karolina Pliskova, she mastered the windy weather conditions at Paris to reach the semifinals of the French Open for the first time with her hard-fought win against “home hope” Carolina Garcia 7-6, 6-3. Pliskova is playing some of the best tennis of her career with her run at the Rolland Garros putting her at the top of the live Race to Singapore.
But clay is not her favoured surface and her form on the surface has not been too good either. The 2nd seed took full advantage of the draw which did not throw any big threat on her way to the semifinals.
The duo have met on 5 occasions in the past with Halep winning 80% of their contests and leading the H2H tally 4-1. Pliskova’s only success came in the Fed Cup 2016 but the two have neither met on clay nor in a Grand Slam. Their last encounter was at the 2016 Rogers Cup when Halep won 6-3, 6-3.
The blockbuster semifinal encounter has the potential to be a tight contest with the World Number 1 ranking at stake, along with a place in the finals. Pliskova needs to reach the final of the French Open to overtake Angelique Kerber as the Top Women’s player while Halep will need to win the Title to achieve the same.
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