Romanian Simona Halep has qualified to the Australian Open semifinals after defeating No.28 seed Anett Kontaveit 6-1, 6-1.
Halep was in control from the start on Rod Laver Arena, winning 78% of points behind her first serve and breaking Kontaveit five times en route to a tidy victory in just 53 minutes, wtatennis.com reported.
“Perfection doesn’t exist, but I’m very happy with the way I played. I felt great on court. I was moving great. I felt the ball, like, really, really good. It was a great match,” Halep told the press conference after the match.
“I played my best game on court, I felt strong in my game, strong in my legs,” said the world No 3.
“Any Grand Slam, it’s a priority (…) It’s different in my mind. It’s not easier at all. You still feel the pressure. You still feel the heaviness of this tournament. I just feel more confident and I feel like I’m able to do it. It’s just a feeling that you don’t see this trophy is impossible anymore. This is what I’m feeling about the Grand Slams now.”
Simona Halep will face Garbine Muguruza in the next round.
“I expect a very difficult match. But it’s semifinals, so it should be like that. I’m all in. I’m confident,” she said.
Both Muguruza and Halep are former Wimbledon and French Open champions.