Simona Halep overpowers Angelique Kerber to reach Semi-Finals

Simona Halep is into the semi-final of the French Open

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Simona Halep is into the French Open semi-finals after beating Angelique Kerber in three sets.

Halep got off to a poor start, with 10 unforced errors in the opening three games handing Kerber a double break.

The Romanian battled back to force a tie-break, only to lose it tamely and to her obvious frustration.

Halep secured an early break in the second and did not relinquish it despite some fierce pressure from two-time major winner Kerber, with one remarkable get at the net even prompting applause from the German.

With memories of their epic Australian Open semi-final in January, which Halep edged 9-7 in the third, still fresh in the minds they went to a decider.

There were no such fireworks this time, though, with Halep sealing a 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 6-2 victory.