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1 with Garbine Muguruza

07 June 2018, 02:00 | Susie Olson

French Open 2018: Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber - live score updates

Angelique Kerber

But by the third set Halep had broken the German's defenses - and her resolve - as she banged in 76 percent of her first serves, with only half the unforced errors of her opponent.

"It's always a tough match when I play against her".

The Romanian's mentality has often been questioned, but she showed her mental strength and remains on course to win her first Grand Slam.

Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Maria Sharapova that took 15 games to decide.

Muguruza had lost all three previous times she faced Sharapova, whose five Grand Slam titles include two at Roland Garros.

Halep went all out in the first set against Kerber, but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors.


Schwartzman did the unthinkable by claiming it 6-4, as the 10-time French champion dropped a set at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015. There were no such fireworks this time, though, with Halep sealing a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 victory. The victor earns a berth in the final at Roland Garros - plus the No 1 ranking that now belongs to Halep.

Halep's win knocked Caroline Wozniacki out of the race to be number one in next week's rankings, and set up a winner-takes-all match against Spain's Muguruza in Thursday's semi-final.

Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis French Open. "So I think that's why I won today", Halep said. It would be very unusual, I think, if I didn't write anything about her.

"When you play and you win against an old-time player with a lot of experience, it gives you a lot of trust", said Muguruza, who at 24 is seven years Sharapova's junior.

Williams withdrew shortly before the match with a pectoral muscle injury, a moment Sharapova said she found briefly startling but not destabilizing. I didn't manage to find the rhythm, to be focused on my match. But to have had the victories that I have had, to have the results that I have, obviously moving a step in the right direction. Halep is 3-2 in career grand slam semifinal matches.

"I don't want to erase it completely - there are a lot of things that I need to look at and face and work towards after this match", Sharapova added. Only a loss to Dominika Cibulkova in the 2009 quarterfinals here, in which she won only two games, was worse.



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