Pliskova, Halep into French Open semifinals

The Czech Republic second seed will play 2014 Roland Garros runner-up Simona Halep in the last four.

Karolina Pliskova reacts after winning a point against France's Caroline Garcia at the French Open.   -  AFP

Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova reached the French Open semifinals for the first time on Wednesday with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 win over home hope Caroline Garcia.

She will replace Angelique Kerber as the new world number one if she makes the final in Paris.

Halep back from brink to reach French Open semifinal

Simona Halep plays a backhand during ladies singles quarter finals match against Elina Svitolina.   -  Getty


Simona Halep saved a match point and fought back from a set and 5-1 down to defeat Elina Svitolina 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-0 on Wednesday to reach her second French Open semifinal.

The third-seeded Romanian, who was runner-up to Maria Sharapova in Paris in 2014, will face Karolina Pliskova, the Czech second seed, for a place in Saturday's final.

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