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French Open 2018: Simona Halep beats Garbine Muguruza to reach final

French Open 2018: Simona Halep beats Garbine Muguruza to reach final

The 10th-seeded Stephens' opponent in Saturday's final will be Simona Halep, who emphatically ended the impressive French Open run of 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza by defeating her 6-1, 6-4.

Muguruza's big strokes overwhelmed Maria Sharapova right from the start and their quarter-final was no contest at all in a 6-2, 6-1 one-way journey. Some of those matches were very defining for me.

But they hadn't played since 2014, back before Muguruza was as confident and successful as she is these days.

Halep cruised through the opening set, helped by a surfeit of errors from the Spaniard, who was a contrasting figure to the one who brushed aside Maria Sharapova the previous day.

The last time Halep and Muguruza met on the court was during the Cincinnati final in August 2017 - once again with the No 1 ranking for Halep in reach, had she won.

With the momentum back on her side, the Romanian broke to love to secure victory in 92 minutes and return to her second straight final in Paris. It feels completely different here", Keys said after her win over Yulia Putintseva.The charge of Lindsay Davenport has been improving her relationships with the clay step by step ("It grows on me a little bit more every year") and raced into the semifinals of the French Open without dropping a set."I'm going to have to be the one to try to open up the court and go for my shots.

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Muguruza said Halep's fast start had been the key. Serena Williams is a three-time French Open champion, Jennifer Capriati won in 2001, and the legendary Chris Evert retired with a 94.5% winning record on clay, triumphing seven times at Roland Garros. She lost the title match at the Australian Open in January.

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

This time, she made no mistake.

"It's really tough to get any ball by her, but especially today, she was neutralizing so well".

"And now it's just - it's good to be able to play all the time for that, but every week there is a new chance, there is a new thing". Like Sharapova, Halep was erratic early, making 30 unforced errors in the first set. Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, was world number one for four weeks from September 11 to October 8 past year.