Halep beats Muguruza to reach French Open final

Too tough Garbine Muguruza celebrates after victory over Maria Sharapova

The pair played at the French Open back in 2014, where Halep won en route to her first Grand Slam final.

Halep was runner-up for a second time at Roland Garros previous year and lost the Australian Open final in January, but will have another opportunity to claim a maiden grand slam title on Saturday.

Muguruza only 5 five winners in the opener which was more than enough against the erratic Russian who reached the quarter-finals for the first time in 3 years when old rival Serena Williams handed her an injury-enforced walkover. "If I do that, I will be OK after the match, no matter the result". Sharapova had 27 unforced errors and had her serve broken six times.

Muguruza demolished Maria Sharapova in straight sets yesterday to set up a semi-final showdown against Halep, who is the current world No 1.

As if to reflect the last few months, not just the chance to win her first Slam, but also the No 1 ranking will be on the line for Halep when she faces Garbine Muguruza. Halep has won 12 of her last 14 matches on clay court.

"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.




The women got their matches done before rain arrived at Roland Garros, leaving the men's quarterfinals suspended in progress.

Nadal was serving for the second set at 5-3, 30-15, when another shower came and action was halted for the day.

Earlier this year she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in a sweat-box Australian Open final.

"I played again one of my best matches on clay", Halep said after coming back from a break down in the second set. "But before that, we are not going to be weird and awkward and make it, like, weird for each other", said Stephens, who was close to going out in the third round to Camila Giorgi before winning 8-6 in a deciding set. Thanks to her sublime athleticism and great ball-striking, she can essentially "shut the court down" against her opponents, slowly smothering them with controlled aggression, injections of pace or go on lock-down defensively. Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, was world number one for four weeks from September 11 to October 8 a year ago.

A win on Thursday would move Stephens to No. 4 in the rankings. I just want to go there and try to keep my tactic and keep my positive things every second.

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