Thu, 8 Jun 2017
Romanian Simona Halep, who beat the first racket of Ukraine Elina Svitolina, reached the final of the “Roland Garros” – 2017, where they will play against Elena Ostapenko of Latvia.
After the chaotic and emotional first semi-final on court were recognized stars of the WTA tour. Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep battled for exit in the second final of the Slam in his career. The Czech reached a crucial stage of a major fall in US Open, and the Romanian has a title at Roland Garros in 2014. In personal meetings went ahead Halep, who has won four of five matches, but all matches took place on hard.
Romanian before the start of the tournament was considered the main favorite of the soil major. She had been in the semifinals in Stuttgart and took the title in Madrid and played in the final of the Italian Open . For the first four games on the Helmet she didn’t give any set, knocking Ian Cepelovo Tatiana and Maria in the opening rounds, and later having dealt with ground specialist Darya Kasatkina and Carla Suarez-Navarro. In the 1/4 finals Halep got an incredible win over Elina Svitolina, playing the match points and a deficit of 1:5 in the second set. Simon for the fourth time reached the four best in the majors.
Pliskova two weeks ago had only four wins in eight matches on clay. But in Paris, the Czech suddenly began to win, though not showing any surgery. But if you look at the names of the competitors, it is understandable why Caroline got so far. Second seeded in early rounds alternately knocked out Zheng Saisai, Catherine Alexandrov, Karin Wicket. In the fourth round she pulled out a difficult third set against Veronica Cepede, and in the 1/4 finals rather confidently beat Caroline Garcia. In case of victory in today’s match Pliskova became the first racket of the world.
The fight began with an exchange of innings, but in the third game Carolina made two double faults and gave her rival a break. Czech can immediately to restore parity, but Halep played confidently in the sweepstakes and came away with two break points. The rest of the game Romanian never let the opponent close on his serve, but Pliskova, a couple of break points played. In the end, committing 24 unforced errors the second seed lost the game.
In a new set of girls while exchanged the innings, which allowed Carolina to find his rhythm. With the score 3:2 she games served and the mistakes the opponent made breaks. In the next game Halep was leading 40:15, but due to strong putting the ball in the Czech Republic, survived. Further, the Romanian played a set point on serve, but an appointment to catch. Scoring 13 winners against two opponent, Pliskova equalized in sets.
In the third period of the game well Halep kept the flow and was looking for depth at the reception. In the second game of the Romanian played for an uncomfortable opponent, but Pliskova has played a break point due to a successful attack. However, when the score was 2:1 Simon once again forced her rival to make mistakes and has implemented breakawy chance luxury curled. Carolina immediately earned two break-points, but the third seed played superbly in defence and kept the flow. In the next game Pliskova ran and returned the break to restore parity and failed. With the score 3:4 Carolina made some mistakes that cost her missed feed. After that, Halep last bit of strength managed to finish the match in his game.
Simon for the fifth time in his career he defeated Pliskova and made it to their second final on Helmets. The Romanian won the 20th victory over the season on the ground and in the third year, will play in the final. A total of 25-year-old tennis player will compete for his 16th title. In case of victory over Jelena Ostapenko in Saturday’s match Halep will lead the WTA rankings.
Simona Halep (Romania, 3) — Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic, 2) — 6:4, 3:6, 6:3