Simona Halep: Everything went pretty well for me

Simona Halep set up a semi-final clash against Angelique Kerber after ousting Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2.

The world No 1, who twisted her ankle in the opening round of the Australian Open, got off to a tardy start as Pliskova raced to a 3-0 lead.

That, though, is where the world No 6’s run of games ended in the opening set.

Halep won six on the trot to take the opening set before continuing to dominate in the second, wrapping up the match in 72 minutes.

Her progress into the semis marks her best-ever run in Melbourne.

The 26-year-old said: “It’s really nice to be in the semis. I’ve been in the semis of juniors in 2008.

“For sure it wasn’t my best start but I just knew I have to restart to stop missing and moving better, which I did pretty well.

“Then I started to open the court and play my style. I served well so everything went pretty well for me.”