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.
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.
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.
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