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Madrid Open: Simona Halep, defeated by Karolina Pliskova, fails to reach semi-finals

Romanian tennis player, Simona Halep, 1st WTA, was defeated on Thursday, in the quarter-finals of Madrid Open, by Karolina Pliskova (6th WTA) 6-4, 6-3.

The result ends the Romanian’s winning streak in the Spanish capital at 15, but extends Stüttgart champion Pliskova’s own current run to nine – tying her second-longest streak, set in January 2017 across Brisbane and the Australian Open, wtatennis.com informs.

Following Pliskova’s third-round defeat of Sloane Stephens, an opponent she had never previously beaten, the Czech said that her aim against Halep would be to play “controlled aggression” in a bid to overturn a 1-6 head-to-head.

Patiently absorbing Halep’s groundstrokes, Pliskova would utilize greater topspin to rally safely with one of the game’s greatest counterpunchers before choosing the right moment to unleash her full power – resulting in a ratio of 20 winners to 16 unforced errors.

In the previous round, Halep defeated Kristyna Pliskova (94th WTA) 6-1, 6-4.

 

 

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