Halep advances to French Open quarterfinals

Halep on track for French Open glory

Halep on track for French Open glory

There were few problems for Simona Halep in swatting aside Carla Suarez Navarro en route to the French Open quarter-finals, while Elina Svitolina produced a stunning comeback to book a clash with the Romanian.

"I was expecting a very tough game", said Halep, the 2014 French Open runner-up.

This was Muguruza's first attempt at defending a grand slam championship, and she ran into a determined Mladenovic, who was backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen who chanted her nickname, Kiki, throughout the match.

"I didn't like it when I saw the video (of the Cahill pep talk), I felt ashamed about what I did", said Halep. The match Halep missed because of an ankle injury - now the situation has turned 360 degrees: it is known that Svitolina will enter the quarterfinals on analgesic injections, in order to dampen back pain.

I think everyone knows who remains in the draw.

"Goran and I will not be working together anymore", Berdych said. This might prove to be a key statistic in the outcome of this match, as the chances are that the more disciplined player might come out victorious in the end.

The Romanian will next face either No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine or Croatian qualifier Petra Martic.

Romania's Simona Halep in action during her third-round match against Russia's Daria Kasatkina at the 2017 French Open in Paris June 3, 2017. "That's why I was a bit struggling". I changed pretty fast. "Maybe it was a little bit too late to change, but I did it and I think it brought me to win the match".

"I was two points away from winning this match".

"Still the points are running through my head", she said. "But it's the way it goes".

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.

The pair fell out in April after Cornet and her Fed Cup team-mates taunted Garcia and have not been on friendly terms since.

As the two kissed at the net, Halep kindly patted her opponent on the back, and the Spaniard could hardly wait to get out of there. He was a runner-up at Wimbledon in 2010 and reached his highest ranking of No 4 a year ago.

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