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Halep beats Golubic to make Melbourne semis; Anisimova, Kasatkina too set up SF clash

Simona Halep.
Simona Halep. Photo: @Simona_Halep

Melbourne, Jan 7 (MNN) Simona Halep of Romania fought her way into Melbourne Summer Set 1 semi-finals here on Friday, outlasting number 6 seed Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Halep served for the match in the second set before Golubic pushed the number 2 seed to the brink in a three-set tussle at Melbourne Park.
However, Halep prevailed in a 2-hour and 35-minute barnburner to claim a spot in the last four.

Halep also needed three sets to take out Golubic in their only prior encounter, which the former world number 1 won at the Billie Jean King Cup in 2018.

Golubic, who improved her ranking 94 spots last season and currently sits at world number 43, pushed Halep even harder this time around.

Halep’s semi-final opponent will be rising teenager Zheng Qinwen. The 19-year-old qualifier from China, ranked world number 126, knocked out former Top 20 player Ana Konjuh of Croatia on Friday 7-6(1), 7-6(6).

Zheng had yet to reach a WTA quarterfinal prior to this week, but she beat former world number 2 Vera Zvonareva in the previous round to attain that accolade, and is now a round further after her 2-hour and 5-minute victory over Konjuh.

Anisimova, Kasatkina book Melbourne 2 semi-final clash

Amanda Anisimova of the US became the first player to sail into the Melbourne Summer Set 2 semi-finals on Friday at the Melbourne Park as she came back from a set down to overcome Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Begu won the first five games of the match before 20-year-old Anisimova slowly pulled her way into contention. Anisimova eventually found a handful of pinpoint forehands at key moments to steer her way into her first WTA semifinal since 2020 Auckland, exactly two years ago.

Number 3 seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia also made her way into the Melbourne Summer Set 2 final four on Friday. She defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain 7-5, 6-1 in an hour and 38 minutes and will face Anisimova in the semi-finals.

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