Ranked Simona Halep advances to semifinals

Angelique Kerber

She ended up with six double-faults and 27 total unforced errors, 12 more than Muguruza. "When I'm talking about progression or looking back at the weeks, I think there are a lot of good things, like the way my body has handled the long matches that I have played, the back-to-backs". However, this is usually the point in grand slams where Halep falls apart, so it's going to be interesting if the Romanian can finally close the deal on the big stage and put herself in elite company.

Halep has only dropped one set en route to the last eight, back at the start of the tournament when she lost the opening set of her first-round clash with American Alison Riske.

1 Simona Halep won a bruising quarterfinal battle against Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to book a match against Garbine Muguruza in the French Open semis. Kerber, bidding to become the second German woman to reach the last four here, after Andrea Petkovic, since Steffi Graf in 1999, was visibly ailing because of blisters in the deciding set and the medical time out after three games didn't help her to solve the issue.

Kerber again failed to serve out the set after breaking back for 6-5 as Halep forced a breaker. Kerber twice lent a hand as she twice served to seal the set and twice got broken. In Open Era, No.1 seed has claimed the Roland Garros title on 18 occasions and finished runner-up 13 times.


It was not enough, though, as the Wimbledon champion Muguruza bulldozed her way through the rest of the set to secure her place in the semi-finals. Sharapova was the French Open champion in 2012 and 2014; Muguruza took the trophy in 2016. "So I think that's why I won today", Halep said. "I think I've developed a lot as a tennis player".

Muguruza raced to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. "The score doesn't really matter".

Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with an injured chest muscle. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, retired with an injury after only two games. "If I do that, I will be OK after the match, no matter the result". Only a loss to Dominika Cibulkova in the 2009 quarterfinals here, in which she won only two games, was worse.

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