Despite accusing back problems before the encounter, Simona Halep stormed past Jaqueline Cristian in straight sets (6/1, 6/1) to qualify in the semifinals of the Transylvania Open. Halep lost zero sets so far in the first three matches played at the tournament taking place in Cluj-Napoca.

Simona Halep started fiercely with a won serve and a break on Cristian’s 1st service game. At 3-1 for Halep, the double Grand Slam winner defended 3 break chances to make it 4-1 versus the player who earned the nickname “The Countess” after entering every match wearing Count Dracula’s cloak.

The rest of the set was a piece of cake for Halep, who also enjoyed the support of her husband Toni Iuruc from the stands. The second set was strikingly similar to the first one, ending with another 6/1. Each set took 34, respectively 35 minutes to end.

Simona Halep treated her blocked back

Halep accused back pain in the previous round of the tournament, when she played against Varvara Gracheva. “My back got blocked, the pain is really big, I can’t bend or move too much.

But I am used to pain, I’ve had this before, I wanted to continue and finish this match. It’s good I won, I don’t know how, but it’s a good victory,” said Halep in Thursday’s post-match interview.

However, Halep managed to treat it and play outstandingly good against Jaqueline Cristian. “I did my best, I treated my back yesterday and this morning, I feel better and happy I could win. It was much better today, I tried to forget about it and just enjoy.

I’m really proud of my performance, it was tough, she’s a tough opponent, she has a bright future,” said Halep after the match. Halep will play in the semifinals against Emma Raducanu or Marta Kostyuk.

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