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CoCo Vandeweghe stuns Simona Halep to advance to Stuttgart semi-finals

American tennis player CoCo Vandeweghe defeated Simona Halep to advance to the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Stuttgart.

tennis Updated: Apr 28, 2018 11:01 IST
Reuters, Stuttgart
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Coco Vandeweghe from the US celebrates a point during her match against Romania's Simona Halep at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart on Friday.(AP)

American CoCo Vandeweghe shocked world number one Simona Halep 6-4 6-1 on Friday to move into the semi-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

Vandeweghe fired five aces and 19 winners to exert her dominance in the clay-court event despite previously stating her dislike for the surface.

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U.S. Open semi-finalist Vandeweghe raced to a 5-4 lead in the opening set on the back of her strong service game. The 26-year-old then sealed a decisive break to clinch the first set and gain the upper hand in the contest.

Despite stepping up her attack, Romania’s Halep struggled to find a way past her opponent who cruised through the second set to reach the last four of a claycourt event for the first time.

Vandeweghe next takes on sixth seed Caroline Garcia who later overcame Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2.

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Anett Kontaveit emerged victorious 7-5 6-7(6) 6-4 against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and the Estonian next takes on fifth seed Karolina Pliskova who came from behind to beat a determined Jelena Ostapenko 5-7 7-5 6-4 in the evening session.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 09:05 IST