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Halep goes through in Miami

28th March 2019, 00:52 by Michael Holland

Simona Halep beat China's Wang Qiang 6-4 7-5 to book her place in the semi-finals of the Miami Open.

The victory means Halep is now just one match away from reclaiming the world number one ranking, as victory in the semis will knock Japan's Naomi Osaka off top spot.

Halep took the first set 6-4, but it looked as though the match would go to a third set as Wang lead the second 5-1.

However, following some inspirational words from her coach, the 27-year-old Romanian fought back to win six consecutive games to win the match 6-4 7-5.

"My coach said I was rushing a bit so I managed to calm down," she said. "That was great advice. I started well and played some smart tennis but in the second set, she started to raise her game."

Halep, who converted seven of eight break points and hit 24 winners, will now play the winner of an all-Czech contest between world number five Karolina Pliskova and Marketa Vondrousova.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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