Simona Halep needed just 53 minutes to beat Anett Kontaveit and race into the semi-finals of the Australian Open, before warning rivals she was feeling very strong.
The Wimbledon champion and 2018 finalist is yet to drop a set and was in ruthless form in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Estonian Kontaveit, who was playing in her first grand slam quarter-final.
Halep won 11 games in a row after Kontaveit held serve in the opening game of the match.
“I felt great today on court. I was feeling my game, I felt strong on my legs,” said Halep.
“I know how to play against her so I was just focused on every point I played.”
The Romanian is looking to go one better than the 2018 final, which she lost to Caroline Wozniacki, but she insists that memory won’t affect her.
“That match wasn’t negative at all. I couldn’t finish (win) the match, maybe I was nervous.
“But now I have more experience. That match helped me win the two Grand Slams that I have already, and maybe it will help me get the third one.”
Halep’s performance in Australia means she will rise to number two in the world rankings on Monday.
Your draw for the 2020 Mexican Open.
WTA Tour No 20 title for Simona Halep.
Stefanos Tsitsipas on course to successfully defend title.
Dominic Thiem OUT of Rio Open.
Your draw for the 2020 Dubai Tennis Championships.
Kevin Anderson out of action for an extended period.
Roger Federer backed to win another Wimbledon title.
It’s over for Daniil Medvedev in Marseille.
Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘in the zone’ in Marseille.
It’s Simona Halep v Elena Rybakina in the Dubai final.