Top seed Simona Halep came back from a 0-3 start to run away with a quarter-final victory over Karolina Pliskova at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The Romanian has reached her first Melbourne semi-final after reeling off nine consecutive games from a 0-3 start in a dominating performance.

Big-serving Karolina Pliskova could do very little to stop the domination of Simona Halep who offered very few cheap points during the match after saving a break point at 0-3 in the first set and turning momentum completely in her favour.

Simona has reeled off consecutive straight set victories, conceding just five games in each, since her epic 18-game deciding set victory over Lauren Davis on Saturday.

The world number one made only 10 unforced errors in a match that lasted only one hour and 11 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

This was certainly Simona Halep’s best performance of the tournament to date and it sets her up with in-form 201 Australian champion Angelique Kerber in tomorrow’s semi-final.