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Muguruza, Halep to face off in French Open semifinals

Muguruza, Halep to face off in French Open semifinals

Though Kerber, sensing a pendulum swing, cut her passive play out and began to construct her most aggressive points of the match, Halep would be able to protect that advantage throughout the set.

Muguruza made light work of Sharapova as she utterly dominated their quarter-final.

The 24-year-old Garcia's face was in the front page of L'Equipe on Monday, quoting her as saying her goal was to "win a Grand Slam", and she did not change her statement after her 6-2 6-3 defeat on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

The Romanian broke at the start of the second set and then held for 6-3 as Kerber dropped her serve again in the ninth game.

Kerber found decent length on her forehand, regularly putting Halep close to the baseline, and went easily 4-0 up.

Muguruza looked dominant in the win over Sharapova, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. She clearly still has business to attend to as she eyes a follow-up to her 2016 title on the Parisian clay. The 24-year-old Muguruza holds a 3-1 record over Halep, with the victor of the last-four clash to face either Sloane Stephens or her fellow American Madison Keys in the final.

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

Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis French Open.

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

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.

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

Despite her first loss to Muguruza in their fourth meeting, committing 27 unforced errors and getting broken six times, Sharapova said she saw signs of hope in her form as she builds towards Wimbledon next month.

Now third in the WTA leaderboard behind Halep and Caroline Wozniacki, Muguruza will rise above them both to sit atop of the rankings with a win on Thursday.

Kerber is a two-time Grand Slam champion.

"I'm also very realistic, and, you know, looking back at where I started, 40, 50 in the world, I don't know what I'll be after this event".


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