Romanian tennis player Simona Halep on Wednesday got through to the semifinals of the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam tournament. In the quarterfinals, it only took Halep 55 minutes to thrash WTA 31st-placed tennis player, Estonian Annet Kontaveit, 6-1, 6-1. Simona Halep's run in the Melbourne tournament so far has been a win-all one. In the match against Kontaveit, Simona had only ten unforced errors, as against 15 such errors on Kontaveit's part. Halep's qualification for the semifinals brought her a cheque worth 1,040,000 AUD and 780 WTA points.
It is the second time when Halep has made headway into the Australian Open's semifinals, We recall that Simona first reached the finals in 2018, when she was defeated by Danish challenger Caroline Wozniacki. Also in 2018, Halep won the Roland Garros, also winning the Wimbledon tournament in 2019.
In the semifinals, Halep faces WTA 32nd-placed tennis player Garbine Muguruza, In the quarterfinals on Wednesday, the Spaniard secured a 7-5, 6-3 win against the world's number 30 tennis player, Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Muguruza won two Grand Slam tournaments, the Roland Garros, in 2016 and the Wimbledon tournament in 2017. The last time when Muguruza reached a a Grand Slam tournament semifinal was in 2018, when she was defeated by Simona Halep, in Roland Garros. However, Muguruza vs Halep head-to-head points to a 3-2 advantage for the Spaniard. Muguruza's all three wins against Halep occurred on hard court.
(Translated by Eugen Nasta)