to reach the last four in Paris since Steffi Graf in 1999, a player who is influenced by the writings of a number of philosophers said she would now “like to call Freud and ask him what he thinks about… my twisted soul.”
Such a thought is unlikely to trouble Halep, who will be more interested in concentrating on Petkovic’s tennis skills after she too reached her first major semi-final with an equally scrappy 6-2 6-2 win over 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.
“It was a perfect day for me,” said Halep, who is bidding to become the first Romanian woman to win the claycourt major since her manager Virginia Ruzici achieved the feat in 1978.
“I won in two sets and very fast. I’m happy, and I really want to look forward for the next round because it’s my first semi-final at grand slam, and I have to be very focused, very calm, and to try to do everything on court.”
Kuznetsova sports a tattoo on her right arm which declares “pain doesn’t kill me, I kill the pain” but on Wednesday a left hamstring strain proved to be her undoing as she dropped serve six times before bowing out.
“Maybe it was wasn’t her best day today, but for me it was the best,” added fourth seed Halep after becoming the only woman to reach the last four without dropping a set.