Tunisian Anas Jaber ousts Halep and reaches the semifinals of the Madrid Tennis Championships

Madrid: Tunisian Anas Jaber advanced to the semifinals of the 1,000-point tournament for the second time in her career, after defeating former world number one Simona Halep 6-3 6-2 at the Madrid Open on Wednesday. Anas, a semi-finalist at Indian Wells in 2021, won 77.8% of first-serve points and used four of two-time champion Halep’s five break points to seal her victory after just over an hour. World number 10 Anas will meet the winner of the match between Ekaterina Anisimova and Amanda Alexandrova for a place in the final. Spaniard Sarah Sorribes-Turmo will play American Jessica Pegula and Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina will face Swiss Gil Techmann in the quarter-finals. In the men’s competition, 21st Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, world number three Alexander Zverev and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas will play in the round of 32 later on Wednesday. (Reuters)