Simona Halep’s wonderful season continued on Wednesday afternoon when she made it to her first major semi final. The 4th seed had won her first four rounds in straight sets and met only one seed, number 15 Sloane Stephens, in the 3rd round before taking on 27th seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarters. Kuznetsova won her first two matches in straights before taking out 5th seeded Petra Kvitova in a three set battle which she won 9-7 in the third. In the 4th round the Russian beat 23rd seeded Lucie Safarova to book her place in the quarters. Halep was in control from the off and took the first set 6-2. Kuznetsova then went off court for medical treatment to her injured upper left thigh and she clearly struggled with her movement in the second set. Halep wobbled a bit in the 4th game to let the Russian get back one break, but she toughed it out and got to 5-2 and her chance to serve out the set. After a long game and three double faults, she eventually hit yet another winner to wrap up the match and move into her first major semi.
28th seeded Andrea Petkovic easily won her first match and then went all the way in her 2nd, 3rd and 4th round matches against unseeded players until she met 10th seeded Sara Errrani in the semis. The Italian won her first match in three sets, then strolled through her next two matches before getting the better of 6th seeded Jelena Jankovic in straights in the 4th round. The German came out with all guns blazing and blasted the Italian with huge winners off her serve and great groundies to take both sets at 6-2 and, like Halep, make her way into her first major semi.
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