French Open Women’s Semis Set: Pliskova vs. Halep to Determine No. 1
by Staff | June 7th, 2017, 9:28 pm
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Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep advanced on Wednesday to a semifinal meeting at the French Open where a first-time No. 1 ranking will be on the line for both players.


The No. 3-seeded Halep made an unlikely comeback in her quarterfinal match against No. 5 Elina Svitolina, trailing a set and two breaks, with her opponent serving for the match, but coming from the brink to win 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-0.

“I said that the match is lost…That’s it. It’s over,” Halep said afterwards. “And then I started to feel more relaxed, maybe because I thought it’s finished.”

Svitlina had one match point, which Halep in her post-match conference said she didn’t realize at the time. Svitolina said she felt the nerves during the contest.

“Such a big event,” she said. “It can happen.”

Tomorrow in the semifinals Halep will face No. 2 Karolina Pliskova, who was a 7-6(3), 6-4 winner over No. 28 Carolina Garcia of France.

If Pliskova wins, she will be the new No. 1, replacing Angie Kerber. If Halep beats Pliskova she will need to win in the final to become No. 1.

“I was like, ‘There is no chance I make final here,’” Pliskova said regarding her mindset entering the tournament. “And now it’s close, but it’s close and it’s far, as well, because I’m playing against somebody who I would (call) one of the best girls on clay. It’s not like you’re going to get it for free, you know.”

Thursdays semifinals are (2) Pliskova vs. (3) Halep, and (30) Timea Bacsinszky vs. teen Jelena Ostapenko.


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21 Comments for French Open Women’s Semis Set: Pliskova vs. Halep to Determine No. 1

FedExpress Says:

Women cannot serve to save their lives.


skeezer Says:

@FE,
Uh, what about the Williams sisters?


Truthsquad Says:

Pliskova has a pretty good serve as well.


FedExpress Says:

There are exceptions but the majority cant serve.


RZ Says:

Who cares as long as they can play a good rally? Dementieva had a horrible serve but once the point had started, she was a tough competitor. The lack of a good serve didn’t diminish my enjoyment of her matches.


FedExpress Says:

If Dementiava had a serve she would habe won some majors. She choked far too often.

There is a reason why Serena is still dominating the tour cause of her serve.


RZ Says:

I won’t argue that Dementieva would have been assisted by a better serve and could have won majors, and I agree that Serena’s domination is helped by her serve. But frankly I’d prefer to see good rallies than watch a serve-fest any day.


RZ Says:

Is Ostapenko going to be the next true star of the WTA? Last year the commentators and journalists hailed Muguruza as the next dominant player, but she really didn’t accomplish much after that win.


FedExpress Says:

Hope ostapenko wins it.

would be a slap for players like halep, radwanska, wozniacki etc who tried for years but couldnt get a gs title.


FedExpress Says:

And pliskovad serve is overrated.


RZ Says:

Glad Halep is in the final. She’s been very good on clay this year.
I expect Pliskova would do well at Wimbledon.


Margot Says:

Thrilled for Halep. Love her game. Her movement on clay is wonderful to see and the way she was retrieving Pliskova’s power shots was simply awesome.
Like RZ I didn’t go for her in my bracket because I thought she was injured…silly us!


RZ Says:

@Margot – we just helped Halep get to the final by not picking her. Hopefully she’ll give us a cut of her prize $.


Willow Says:

I Picked her to win the FO right from the off ….


RZ Says:

@Willow – Show off! 😃 👏👏👏


Margot Says:

Lol RZ, likewise for Andy I hope….


Willow Says:

RZ LOL ;-p ….


Willow Says:

Margot, Andy in the final, and i win the bracket ;-P ….


RZ Says:

@Willow – if Andy wins the French Open, I won’t care how much you gloat about winning the bracket. :-)


RZ Says:

@Margot – I’m still waiting for Andy to send me a cut of his Wimbledon 2013 winnings. :-)


andrea Says:

so pumped for the women’s final. this ostapenko chick was blasting shots all over the place today. let’s see if she can hold it together.

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