2017 French Open Women's Singles SF - Romania's Simona Halep beat Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova and enters the final Thursday June 08,2017
Romania's Simona Halep showed the full extent of her defensive skills to outfox Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-3 on Thursday June 08,2017 and reach her second French Open final, setting up a showdown against her polar opposite.
The 2014 runner-up, who saved a match point in the previous round, will become world number one if she defeats Jelena Ostapenko, the daredevil Latvian who blazed her way to Saturday June 10,2017's final.
Third seed Simona Halep, looking to become the first Romanian woman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Virginia Ruzici in 1978, benefited from her Czech opponent's clumsiness in the first set before Pliskova rediscovered her touch.
Overwhelmed by the second seed's power in the second set, Halep regained the momentum in the decider, frustrating her opponent with her ability to soak up punishment.
"I hope I can play better than the previous time and that the score will be different," said Halep, who lost in three sets to Maria Sharapova on her first appearance in the final at Roland Garros