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Australian Open | Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza reach semi-finals

Simona Halep of Romania celebrates winning match point during her Women's Singles Quarterfinal match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on day ten of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

Simona Halep of Romania celebrates winning match point during her Women's Singles Quarterfinal match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on day ten of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

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 Spaniard Garbine Muguruza for a place in Saturday's final.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain plays a forehand during her Women's Singles Quarterfinal match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on day ten of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain plays a forehand during her Women's Singles Quarterfinal match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on day ten of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

 

Garbine Muguruza stormed back into the Grand Slam big time with a 7-5 6-3 win over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach her first Australian Open semi-final on Wednesday.

The twice Grand Slam champion will meet former finalist Simona Halep on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final after producing her most complete performance at Melbourne Park this year on a sunbathed Rod Laver Arena.

In a match of grunting baseline pounders, Spaniard Muguruza broke the 30th seeded Russian twice in the second set and charged to the finish in a hailstorm of winners. Pavlyuchenkova saved a match point with a thumping backhand but was powerless to deal with the second as Muguruza sealed the match with a deft drop-volley.

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