Allertova stuns top seed Halep in Guangzhou

Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:01am EDT
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(Reuters) - Czech Denisa Allertova stunned world number two Simona Halep 6-4 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the Guangzhou International Women's Open on Thursday.

The win against the Romanian top seed gave the 22-year-old, ranked 74 in the world, only her second victory against a top 10 player after she defeated Carla Suarez Navarro in the first round of the U.S. Open recently.

After going up 5-4 in the first set, Allertova won six of the next seven games for a 5-1 lead in the second and then closed the match out with a backhand winner.

"I have amazing feelings because I won against Simona Halep -- she's a great player, ranked No. 2. I can breathe now!" Allertova told the WTA website after the match.

"I don't know, I was just trying to focus every point, not looking who's on the other side, just focusing on myself and playing my tennis. I was fighting every point and it worked. I'm so happy.

"It was my first time playing such a top player like this, but at the U.S. Open I played against Suárez Navarro, also an amazing player, a top 10 player, and I beat her, but it's the first time in my life to have a win like this."

Unseeded Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium earlier defeated another Romanian in sixth seed Monica Niculescu 6-2 6-2 while third-seeded Sara Errani powered past local hope Zheng Saisai 6-1 6-0 for a semi-final meeting with Allertova.

Number four seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia also reached the last four by defeating fifth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 7-5.

(Writing by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai,; editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic serves to Johanna Konta of Britain during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, May 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes