Muguruza says top ranking no longer 'that important'

Muguruza says top ranking no longer 'that important'

Javier Howell
June 8, 2018

"I am very pleased to be in another final in Paris", said Muguruza who has yet to drop a set in the tournament and claimed her first win over Sharapova in 4 meetings. "At least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing".

Stephens closed in on her second Grand Slam title by beating pal Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday in the first all-American semifinal at the French Open since 2002.

Halep, who assured herself of retaining the No. 1 ranking with the victory, earned a fourth chance to win her first major title. She was in Chicago with coach Kamau Murray, working her way back from a foot injury that required surgery and sidelined her for 11 months.

Backed by fans who loudly chanted her first name between games, Halep went ahead 3-0 with the help of only one victor.

This time past year, Stephens was still sidelined with a foot injury that her walking around in crutches and Keys was coming off a second wrist surgery.

Simona Halep reached her third French Open final, and held on to the world number one spot, with a straight-sets victory over Garbine Muguruza.

"I think it would be unusual for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years", said the 31-year-old.

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"It was a very good level, the whole match, even if the first set was 6-1".

Reigning Wimbledon champion Muguruza awaits her after demolishing Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-1 on Philippe-Chatrier and the pair will now fight it out for Halep's No. 1 ranking. She's hitting the ball.

"I have another chance to be in the final and hope to do better than past year".

Keys will have to be patient in this semi-final, and only pull the trigger when she's ready to finish off the point. She double-faulted three times in the opening game, part of her 27 unforced errors. The 25-year-old displayed exactly that against Russian youngster Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday and there was no getting past the 2017 US Open champion anymore in the second set."Sometimes I start well and sometimes a little sluggish. I just went and searched for her in the training room", Stephens laughed in her press conference following her quarter-finals.

"I played again one of my best matches on clay", Halep said after coming back from a break down in the second set against Muguruza.