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Prague Open: Simona Halep, Elise Mertens roars into semi-finals

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Halep will search her second last of this 12 months towards both compatriot Irina-Camelia Begu or Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Top seed Simona Halep and No.three seed Elise Mertens made it to the semi-finals of the continued Prague Open after clinching thumping victories of their respective quarter-final matches.

Halep wanted just below an hour on Friday to see off Polish fortunate loser Magdalena Frech, 6-2, 6-0.

“The whole game… was better today,” Halep mentioned after the victory as per the WTA web site. “I’m happy that I can play better and better day by day. It was a good one and I’ll take it.”

Halep will search her second last of this 12 months towards both compatriot Irina-Camelia Begu or Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Meanwhile, Mertens entered her first semifinal of 2020 after overcoming wildcard Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 1-6, 6-Four victory in her quarterfinal conflict.

“She hit the ball pretty well today, she made me run a lot. Her serve is tough to return. All credit to her for making me have a tough match. In the end, it was a mental game,” Mertens mentioned of her opponent, who hit 33 winners to 30 unforced errors all through.

“I think the difference was physical, mental, maybe more mentally at the end. The games were pretty close, The first set was pretty close, in the second set she played really well, made fewer mistakes, became more aggressive, but I think at the end, it was just that one break. Just one service game made the difference,” she added.

The Belgian will now face Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic for a spot within the finals.

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