Women's Sport: Halep to face fellow former Number One Muguruza in Australian Open semi-final

2020 Australian Open - Day 10

Simona Halep will face Garbine Muguruza in the semi-final of the Australian Open after defeating Estonia's Anett Kontaveit in under an hour.

In a spectacular show of force, Halep dropped just two games in the match eventually winning 6-1 6-1 in 54 minutes.

Following the match, the former World Number One said: "I felt great on the court. I feel strong in my legs and I knew how to play against her. I was focused in every point I played."

Kontaviet was able to hold her opening game against the Romanian but then saw 11 games pass with no let-up as Halep stormed to victory and her second semi-final Down Under in three years.

Halep’s opponent will be Spain’s Garbine Muguruza who also secured a straight-sets victory, 7-5 6-3, over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The victory means the Spaniard will be featuring in her first-ever semi-final in Melbourne.

This will be Muguruza’s first semi-final since the 2018 French Open where she lost to Halep who would eventually go on to win the competition. It was not looking good for the Spaniard in her first-round match against Shelby Rogers as she lost the first set 6-0 after struggling with illness. However, the former World Number One has seemingly recovered and will be heading into her semi-final with confidence after beating Pavlyuchenkova comfortably.

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Following her quarter-final victory, Muguruza said: “I’m excited to play my first semi-final here. I've known Halep for quite a long time so it's going to be a tough match."

Neither Halep nor Muguruza has ever won a final on a hard court and both will be looking to change that come Thursday’s semi-final.

The eventual winner will face either home favourite Ashleigh Barty or the USA’s Sophia Kenin who are set to contest the other semi-final in Melbourne.

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