Murray and Halep cruise through

Posted June 08, 2017

Strong-willed victory over Petra Martic in the fourth round proved costly, Svitolina, Ukrainian injured his back during the quarter-final match against Simona Halep came out on painkillers injections. "I just believed I can make it". At one point she was forced to lunge forward to strike a backhand and accordingly popped it into the net, her foot positioning all wrong.

"I am very happy".

"So I have just to improve in this way because he never had something to complain about my game and about the work that I do because I'm working, but just with my attitude".

Svitolina did not do too much wrong, with the credit going to Halep for some unbelievable defence and courageous play.

"Looks like one of the top four guys" is going to end up grasping the champion's Coupe des Mousquetaires, seven-time major titlist John McEnroe observed.

After Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova lost Sunday, the French Open - which is missing Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka - is guaranteed of producing a first-time grand slam victor. With the score 4:5 Ukrainka two magnificent strikes earned the first match-point, but Halep played a most important point.

Andy Murray, last year's runner-up, is also on Chatrier.

Pliskova fought hard herself to reach the final, beating home favourite Caroline Garcia in two close sets to win 7-6 (7-3) 6-4.

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It was a statement performance from the world No.4, who is yet to drop a set in the tournament. "Each match I feel like I played better".

She came back from 3-1 and 6-5 down in the final set to see off Hsieh Su-Wei in the third round. She slid a forehand victor down the line for ad-in then caught a break when Svitolina's backhand caught the top of the tape-Halep's fifth straight game gave her a 6-5 lead.

Halep revealed that her highly respected coach and television analyst Darren Cahill - formerly in the corners of Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt - stopped traveling with her following a tough loss to Johanna Konta in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open in March.

There will be a first-time grand slam champion at the French Open.

Garcia joins Kristina Mladenovic, beaten by Swiss Timea Bacsinszky in her quarter-final on Tuesday, on the exit route at Roland Garros, where the French bubble has burst in a couple of days. “But I managed to push her back.

"I'm playing against somebody who I would say is one of the best girls on clay", said Pliskova, who has lost four of her five encounters with Halep - none on clay, though.

No. 2 Karolina Pliskova and No. 28 Caroline Garcia also set up a meeting when the Czech came from a set down to beat Veronica Cepede Royg 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Garcia won the all-French affair with Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4.