Halep tops Muguruza, eyes first major title

Florence Fletcher
June 8, 2018

In the victory, Muguruza won 72 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points.

Muguruza hopes to make her fourth career grand slam final and her second career French Open final.

Halep had the crowd roaring with appreciation of a magnificent victor in the opening game of the second set but she was a break down at 2-1 after netting a forehand.

Keys built a whopping 30-12 edge in winners and won 84 percent of her first-serve points.

Stephens will bid to become a double Grand Slam champion after overcoming Madison Keys 6-4 6-4 in the second women's semi-final on Thursday.

In short, the market has been convinced that Halep is the better player throughout this event, but yet has ditched her for this particular match-up, and it's hard to understand why.

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

Now she stands between Halep and her first Grand Slam trophy.

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

"She was better than me today", Kasatkina said.

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A win at the Miami Open in April seemed to turn things around, but she followed that by failing to advance past the third round in each of her next four tournaments.

"Coming into this part of the year, I was losing a few first-round matches, matches that I wanted to be winning, of course", Sharapova said.

Maria Sharapova left the French Open without much of a fight, but had enough left in the tank to deliver a parting shot at Serena Williams.

Her 6-1, 6-4 victory was one-way traffic at the start as she jumped to a 5-0 lead, but Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion who had been playing ferocious and focused tennis in Paris this year, soon raised her level.

This was a less clear-cut victory but an early break of serve in each set put Stephens in control.

Two-time major victor Kerber raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set before having to rely on a tiebreak to nudge her ahead. "If I do that, I will be OK after the match, no matter the result".

"I don't feel I'm favourite for this match, because she's played better than I have this year".

"I know that she's strong opponent. And when I got my opportunity at 4-3 to break, I was like, It's go time", Stephens explained.

But Keys, who made 23 unforced errors in the first set, hit back hard and set up a break point at 3-2, only for Stephens to save it with a service return victor.

"I lost three times until now and no one died", Halep said, "so it will be OK".

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