French Open 2018: Simona Halep beats Angelique Kerber to reach semi-final

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Kerber, 30, earned a double break in the first set but Halep recovered to 5-5 only for the pair to exchange a further break before Kerber won the tie-break.

Garbine Muguruza's big strokes overwhelmed Maria Sharapova right from the start.

Maria Sharapova's first French Open in three years came to a muted conclusion Wednesday.

Top-ranked Simona Halep has leveled at one set-all in her French Open quarterfinal against Angelique Kerber of Germany. After 2 hours and 14 minutes, Halep rallied past the 12th-seeded Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 and reached the French Open semifinals for the third time.

"So I give less importance to that". "My head won it". "She loves clay. She loves Roland Garros".

"I don't feel I'm favorite for this match, because she's played better than I have this year", Muguruza said of her next match against Halep.

Rafael Nadal has won 37 completed sets in a row at the French Open heading into his quarterfinal against Diego Schwartzman.

"It was very nice, this headline, and I know that some people think I will never make it, but I'm sure I'm going to make it", the seventh-seeded Garcia told reporters. Stephens won that one, as well as the only other match the longtime friends, Fed Cup and Olympic teammates have played against each other. 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.




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

Sharapova certainly didn't do that. She ended up with six double-faults and 27 total unforced errors, 12 more than Muguruza.

She is 48-2 in majors after winning the opening set. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games.

"Kind of a weird day", Muguruza said.

Halep, meanwhile, has participated in a trio of major finals, losing each. The Spaniard won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon previous year. Halep is 3-2 in career grand slam semifinal matches.

Like Sharapova, Halep trailed 4-0 at the outset.

But by the third set Halep had broken down the German's defences - and her resolve.

But Halep figured things out.

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