Russian tennis sensation Ekaterina Alexandrova stuns world No2 Simona Halep as she storms to crushing win ahead of Australian Open
Alexandrova made a slow start as she dropped two opening games to the top seed at the tournament but soon redeemed her unimpressive opening by notching six games in a row to take the first set 6-2.
The Russian stuck to her aggressive style in the second set, taking an early 3-0 lead over Halep, who appeared to be struggling with a back injury.
Halep did her best to reverse the course of the game and even saved a match point, but it did little to help her cause as Alexandrova, the world number 33, sealed a well-deserved victory, reaching the semifinal of the competition.
Ekaterina Alexandrova takes on the dangerous Kaia Kanepi in the semifinals of the Gippsland Trophy for a place in the biggest final of her career!Having trailed a set and a break down in her first match, Katya has followed it up with straight-set wins over Halep and Swiatek! pic.twitter.com/5mtW1QqSjM— WTA Russians (@WTArussians) February 5, 2021
"It'll be just great for me," Alexandrova said of her test in the final four after the match.
"I just tried to play my best. I was kind-of nervous at the start because this court isn't my lucky one but, after two games, I won one game and I felt much better."
Alexandrova will face former top-15 player Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, for a spot in the final.Also on rt.com Russian star Alexandrova shocks French Open champ Swiatek in Melbourne