French Open 2018: Garbine Muguruza thrashes Maria Sharapova to reach semi-finals

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No.1 seed Simona Halep roared back to overcome No.12 seed Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2.

Halep went from out-of-sorts to on-target against Kerber, scrambling to every ball and staying the course to erase an early deficit. And the last time they faced off, Stephens won 6-3, 6-0 over her rattled younger opponent to win the US Open.

"I have actually been told quite often that I'll never win or do well because I'm too nice of a person and I just don't have it", Keys said.

"But, yeah, I mean, I think she made everyone wait a little bit". "My head won it", Halep said.

The Spanish third seed thrashed Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in the quarter-finals, condemning the Russian to her worst Grand Slam defeat in more than six years. The victor earns a berth in the final at Roland Garros, plus the number one ranking that now belongs to Halep.

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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.

Simona Halep is coming off a three sets win over Angelique Kerber that took 30 games to decide.

"When you're facing somebody that also has an aggressive style of game I think it's about who takes the command, who takes the first opportunity", Muguruza said.

It is the first time that two American women have reached the last four at Roland Garros since 2002, when Serena Williams beat sister Venus in the final, after a semi-final win over Jennifer Capriati.

Two women who have won the title at Roland Garros, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza, play each other in the quarterfinals. Ironically, perhaps, the only one missing is the Slam everyone expects her to someday win: Wimbledon.

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"But on the day I can leave a Grand Slam saying I gave everything I had, I played a great match, is not here yet".

Service breaks were exchanged at the start of the second set but Muguruza is a far steelier player than four years ago and Sharapova did not get a sniff in the next five games as the Spaniard reached her fourth Grand Slam semi-final. She led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros, but then fell apart and eventually lost to the unseeded Latvian in her second French Open final.

She missed several chances to go 4-1 ahead but she remained able to built the points more convincingly.

By the time Sharapova recovered somewhat to play better it was too late, and Muguruza was into her impressive stride, with the court finally filling up post-lunch. I didn't manage to find the rhythm, to be focused on my match.

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