Elina Svitolina vs Simona Halep

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After saving a match point, she regrouped and won the final set 6-0 to move one game away from her second French Open final.

The second-seeded Pliskova struck eight aces and saved two of three break points knocking out the last Frenchwoman standing, Caroline Garcia, 7-6 (3), 6-4, in one hour, 51 minutes.

She is to play either Elina Svitolina of Ukraine or qualifier Petra Martic, the world 290 from Croatia, for a place in the semi-finals. I just went for it.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal believes referees should not be too quick to punish players who take longer to prepare between points, the 31-year-old said after receiving a penalty for slow play during his French Open fourth round victory on Sunday.

"Obviously it's a bad tragedy in London", Murray, who recorded his 650th career win, told the crowd.

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Svitolina, who leads the tour this year with 31 wins and four titles, is bidding to become the first Ukrainian woman to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament.

"When I sat down at 2-5 (in the second set) I just said the match is lost".

Halep will face second-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova in the last four, while in the other half of the draw Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko will take on Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.

But she got through it - aided by a net-cord victor on her first set point in the tiebreak - and cruised in the third for a 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-0 win against the Ukrainian who handed Halep her lone defeat in the month of May in the Italian Open final.

"I pushed her back, I tried to be aggressive and I was extra motivated because I really enjoy this court and it's great to play the quarter-final again".

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The two met in the Rome final on the eve of Roland Garros when Halep suffered an ankle injury which threatened her appearance in Paris. A first-time Grand Slam champion will be crowned on Saturday and the victor could well be the one who survives this match.

"I think my attitude helps me to see the game better and to be able to play relaxed and to play more positive, ” Halep said. I was like, there is no chance I make the final here", she said.

- Simona Halep on how briefly losing her coach Darren Cahill this year got her back on track. Three consecutive backhand errors handed Halep a 5-4 lead. She is a very good player on claycourt.

Svitolina, who needed treatment on her back at the start of the third set, won on her second match point when Martic hit a backhand into the net.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova brushed aside home favourite Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 6-4 in their quarterfinal to set up a last-four meeting with third seed Simona Halep, who had to dig deep to beat Elina Svitolina 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-1 on an action-packed Wednesday at the 2017 French Open.

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