Just because your game plan takes a while to kick in, don’t abandon ship.
Simona Halep moved through to the semifinals of Australian Open 2018 on Wednesday with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Karolina Pliskova on Rod Laver Arena. The score line indicates that it was a fairly straight-forward victory. It was anything but…
Halep got off to a horror start, losing her opening service game with loose play that included a double fault. Serving at 0-3, Halep led 30-15, but threw in another double fault and then couldn’t chase down a backhand winner from Pliskova.
At 0-3, 30-40, a double break was beckoning, and the match was already on the skids just 14 minutes in. Halep went after Pliskova’s forehand and forced an error in the net to stay alive at deuce. Halep forced another forehand error on the next point, this time running out wide near the edge of the court.