Simona Halep eased into her second Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semifinal in the last three years, dismissing Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets.
WTA Staff

STUTTGART, Germany - No.4 seed Simona Halep surged into the semifinals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, rushing past Anastasija Sevastova, 6-3, 6-1, in under an hour.

“I feel good. I feel happy," she said in her post-match press conderence. "I’m positive on and off the court. These are my best feelings so far this year and I want to stay like this."

Halep last played Sevastova in the finals of her home tournament in Bucharest - winning without losing a game back in July - and was similarly decisive, if less emphatic, on Friday, hitting 14 winners to 13 unforced errors and showing off some stellar defense throughout.

“I worked very hard on my attitude after Miami. That was a tough moment after that tournament, losing to Konta. I’m much better now, changed a lot, and I have the confidence to change things. I know I can be even better soon.

“[Darren] helped me with some conversations after Miami," she added of coach Darren Cahill. "I saw my problem more clearly, that I can be too negative. I had to change it myself, and I was working a lot at home. Now, it feels like I’ve always been this way. I don’t want to talk too much about it because I still need time before I can play every match like this!”

Halep has had some of her best career results on clay, reaching the finals of the French Open and winning one of her two Premier Mandatory titles at the Mutua Madrid Open. After a tough start to 2017, the Romanian is feeling fit and ready to attack this part of the season.

“I haven’t felt pain since before Indian Wells, so I’ve been able to train and work very hard the last two months. I feel light and that I can reach everything.

“Confidence gives me the power to move and hit. If I have confidence, I can move and hit from anywhere. I have that now; I feel like I cannot miss, so I just go for it, and go for everything with 100% certainty. I have the shot fixed in my head, where I have to hit."

Standing between Halep and a spot in her first Stuttgart final is 2016 runner-up Laura Siegemund, who played a titanic three-setter against No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova earlier in the day.

“It’s going to be very tough. I expect the crowd to be very loud for her and for her to play a great match. She hits a lot of drop shots so I’ll have to recover and work on my sprints.

"I’m here in my second semifinal at this event. I just want to stay aggressive like I’ve been the last two matches.”