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French Open 2017: Simona Halep reaches last eight

Third seed Simona Halep thrashed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-1 to reach the French Open quarter-finals.

Halep, the 2014 runner-up, is one of the favourites to win the title in Paris and swept aside her 21st-seeded opponent in exactly one hour.

It was the Romanian's first win over Suarez Navarro on clay in six attempts.

She will play fifth seed Elina Svitolina for a place in the semi-finals after she came from 2-5 down in the final set to beat Petra Martic.

Svitolina, 22, needed treatment to her back and was in massive trouble at 0-30 down at 2-5 in the third.

But she somehow rallied to win 4-6 6-3 7-5 and thanked the crowd for their support.

"You give me this energy to fight for every ball and I was trying to not let you down," she said.

"I decided to give everything I had, and to stay strong mentally. Today I was struggling a bit with my [back] injury but hopefully I can recover well and be strong for the quarter-final."

With no former champions left in the field, and pregnant Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova not competing, Halep has a good chance of winning her first Grand Slam title.


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