Halep thrashes Kontaveit to reach Melbourne semis

Tennis – Australian Open – Quarter Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 29, 2020 Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates winning her match against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Fourth seed Simona Halep took just 53 minutes to thrash Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-1 6-1 and storm into the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Halep had not lost a set in her previous two meetings with Kontaveit, who managed just one breakpoint on the former world number one’s serve.

The Romanian, runner-up at Melbourne Park in 2018, will meet either Spaniard Garbine Muguruza or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia for a place in Saturday’s final.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Peter Rutherford

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