Muguruza, Halep to face off in French Open semifinals

Muguruza, Halep to face off in French Open semifinals

Javier Howell
June 7, 2018

"I have just to stay strong, to try to make her uncomfortable on court", Halep said, "and to try to play my game".

She also lost in the 2014 final to Maria Sharapova with Caroline Wozniacki denying her in the Australian Open final in January.

After Angelique Kerber's final backhand bounced out of bounds on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Simona Halep turned to her box and pointed to her head.

In the victory, Muguruza won 72 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points.

"I mean, it's not that important, because it's constantly this thing going on, you know. since a year ago", she said after a crushing 6-2, 6-1 last-eight victory over Maria Sharapova in Paris.

Halep was my pick to win the French Open, and I truly hope she finally gets the money off her back.

Halep reached the semifinals in a Grand Slam event for the sixth time in her career, matching Ilie Nastase for the most by a Romanian male or female in the Open era.

After making 30 unforced errors in the first set, which she lost 7-6 (2), Halep finally found the right rhythm to dictate points with deep groundstrokes and aggressive returns. The victor earns a berth in the final at Roland Garros - plus the No 1 ranking that now belongs to Halep.

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1 Simona Halep won a bruising quarterfinal battle against Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to book a match against Garbine Muguruza in the French Open semis.

The top seed roared back in the second set, breaking serve in the opening game and going on to take it 6-3.

Sharapova didn't play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated showdown with an injured chest muscle.

The signs were ominous when the five-times Grand Slam champion coughed up three nervy double-faults in the opening game.

"I hadn't had a withdrawal in - I don't know how long. maybe like six years or something", Sharapova said.

Muguruza raced to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. "I think I've developed a lot as a tennis player". Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games.

She has acknowledged having trouble handling her nerves, which is part of why she was so proud about the way she overcame Kerber, a two-time major champion and former No 1.

"I think I did a good performance today, a very serious, solid match".