Simona Halep battles back from the brink at French Open

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The third-seeded Romanian took care of that problem today at the French Open, routing Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

Halep defeated 21th seeded Navarro 6-1, 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier in a match that lasted for an hour.

Ukraine?s Elina Svitolina clenches her fist as she plays Croatia?s Petra Martic during their fourth round match of the French Open at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, on Monday. "I just believed I can make it".

Svitolina said she had panicked after experiencing shooting pain in her back 30 minutes before the match.

"Now I'm happy that I can be positive on court, and I will never be negative like I was in Miami, because I didn't like it when I saw the video, I felt ashamed about what I did".

"All the top players have gone through that and I guess I have to learn lessons and figure how to get through".

While nerves played a part as both women sought their best performance at a grand slam the big serve and powerful forehand of Garcia ultimately proved too much for Cornet to handle. "That's why I started to work hard on my mentality, and my psychology", Halep said per the WTA.

Pliskova, the 2016 US Open runner-up, will take on Caroline Garcia of France for a place in the semi-finals.

On Thursday, she will face No. 2 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, a 7-6 (3), 6-4 victor over No. 28 Carolina Garcia of France.

Though the Romanian led 6-5 in the overall head-to-head between the two coming into the match, she had never previously beaten the Spaniard on clay.

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Second seed Karolina Pliskova brushed aside home favourite Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 6-4 in their quarterfinal to set up a last-four meeting with third seed Simona Halep, who had to dig deep to beat Elina Svitolina 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-1 on an action-packed Wednesday at the 2017 French Open.

"Each match, I feel like I played better".

"So I think when I finished Stuttgart, he said he had seen enough, and he's ready to come back".

Svitolina had beaten Halep in their most recent meeting in Rome, with the Romanian suffering an ankle injury during a three-sets defeat that nearly saw her miss the tournament.

As tradition wants, on the second Thursday at the Roland Garros it's time for the women's semifinals matches.

Joining them in the quarters are 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic.

- Simona Halep on how briefly losing her coach Darren Cahill this year got her back on track.

"It's probably tough to play my best tennis on this surface", she said, noting her trouble with the footwork that can be tricky and the way clay dulls her unsafe serve.

Her improvement in the claycourt major bears similarities with the career of Russia's Maria Sharapova, a self-described "cow on ice" on the red dirt who still managed to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup twice.

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