Simona Halep into Rome Masters last four with Anett Kontaveit win

Halep, who reached the French Open final at Roland Garros in 2014, sets up a clash with Kiki Bertens or Daria Gavrilova.

Published: 19th May 2017 08:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th May 2017 08:04 PM   |  A+A-

Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Estonia's Anett Kontaveit during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament. | AP

By AFP

ROME: Romanian sixth seed Simona Halep surged into the semi-finals of the Rome Masters for the third time after a 6-2, 6-4 win over Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit on Friday.

Halep, who reached the French Open final at Roland Garros in 2014, sets up a clash with Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens or Australian Daria Gavrilova.

Bertens, ranked 20th in the world, faces the 33rd-ranked Gavrilova later Friday.

American Venus Williams, seeded ninth, faces Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza for a place in the last four, while Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, seeded eighth, faces Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova.

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