Tennis – Qatar Open 2019: World No. 1 Simona Halep Overcomes Gorges; Into The Last Four
Top seed Simona Halep managed to reach her first semi-final in 6 months, with a hard-battled Qatar Open triumph over a steady Julia Goerges.
Halep seemed to go all the way in Doha on Thursday just to storm in a second-set tie-break and record a 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (8-6) triumph.
The French Open winner, who will ascend to second in the new WTA rankings next Monday, trailed 4-1 in the second breaker of a high-pressure game and spared two set points before in the end moving into the final four.
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Halep, playing her first competition with Thierry Van Cleemput as her mentor, will go up against Elina Svitolina subsequent to conquering the ground-breaking German.
Previous world number one Halep lost only three in the same number of games to open up a 4-0 lead, with her adversary struggling to compete.
Georges, as of now with a title added to her repertoire this year after her achievement in Auckland, in the long run warmed to the task, releasing a torrent of savage forehand victors to break multiple times and power a tie-break.
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The made Halep got once more into her walk in the breaker, be that as it may, a great strike winner down the line seeing her go 4-1 up as she reeled off five progressive points to take the set.
Halep struck the primary blow in the second set, an early break helping her turn 3-1 ahead, yet it was back on serve when the favourite to win broken to love to be pegged back at 5-5.
A forceful Georges punched the air in the wake of winning a throbbing rally with a splendid volley at full stretch, yet the fightback from Halep was superb as she battled off two set points and set away a forehand volley to seal triumph at the principal endeavor.
Schedule for Friday at @QatarTennis:
??Simona Halep vs ??Elina Svitolina – 4:30 pm Event time, 3:30pm Rou time, 8:30 am US EST#QatarTotalOpen2019 pic.twitter.com/WVNSkgoVPF
— ??WTA Romania?? (@WTARomania) February 14, 2019
.@Simona_Halep is living the good life this week; still riding high after a historic Fed Cup win, she’s into the semifinals of the #QTO2019 in Doha: https://t.co/CTRx2h1sZ6 pic.twitter.com/votPib83G3
— Nina Pantic (@ninapantic1) February 14, 2019
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