Simona Halep wins grueling duel to reach French Open semis

07 June, 2018, 14:42 | Author: Virgil Todd
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Yesterday's matches in Paris saw Simona Halep fight back from the disappointment of losing the first set on a tiebreak against Angelique Kerber to take the next two sets in relatively facile fashion, while our selection, Maria Sharapova, disappointed in the extreme in her defeat to Garbine Muguruza, who created 12 break points and faced just one. I think everything will be normal.

Halep completed the 30th win over a German opponent and remained unbeaten in quarter-finals matches here at Roland Garros.

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

Muguruza leads Halep 3-1 head-to-head, but this is their first Grand Slam matchup.

Former number one Muguruza takes on current incumbent Halep on Thursday with the victor to be assured of the top ranking as well as a place in the Roland Garros final. She's more patient now, and knows better how to pick her spots.

Serena Williams might have fancied meeting this version of Sharapova, who made six double faults and 27 unforced errors. Now I just have to go find her, because I need to tell her some juicy stuff. She is less comfortable on the clay compared to Stephens and can get rattled when opponents make her run too much.

Nadal lost the opener 6-4 against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman but began to play better after a rain delay of just under an hour.

In the other men's quarter-final, number three Marin Cilic and number five Juan Martin del Potro were at 5-all in a first-set tie breaker when the match-up of past US Open champions was stopped.

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"Keep on playing like that", Putintseva said, "she can go all the way here". Like, before, I gave it a lot of importance so that's why you're fighting every week, and I got there.

Halep is a three-time Grand Slam runner-up, including in Paris in 2014 and a year ago; Kerber is a two-time major champ elsewhere; Muguruza won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017; and Sharapova owns five Grand Slam titles, including at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.

The struggling Romanian was broken in very first game and as the unforced errors count kept mounting, she was down a double break at 0-4.

Just like she wowed the tennis world with her summer past year, Stephens is enjoying a strong spring that started with her winning the title in Miami. "If I do that, I will be okay after the match, no matter the result".

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.

It's the first time either player has made the last-four in Paris and the two friends are looking forward to their third career showdown against one another.

The American pair have contrasting styles, with Stephens' game based on her athleticism and ability to get many balls back, while also turning defence into offence fairly quickly.

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