Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Simona Halep hits back to sink Angelique Kerber in quarter-finals

French Open 2018: Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber - live score updates Muguruza thrashes Sharapova to reach French Open semi-finals
Cassandra Gardner | 07 June, 2018, 05:27

Two-time finalist Halep remained on course for her first Roland Garros title by beating the German 12th seed. I think my shots were a lot more forced.

"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. Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, was world number one for four weeks from September 11 to October 8 previous year.

Halep, the runner-up in 2014 and 2017, will face Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza for a place in Saturday's final.

Halep secured an early break in the second and did not relinquish it despite some fierce pressure from the two-times major victor Kerber, with one remarkable shot at the net even prompting applause from the German. However, she stormed back to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-2 and get the win.

"I was up against a great player so I had make sure I brought my best tennis". Halep's only win over Muguruza came in the 2016 Stuttgart Open, the only meeting between these two on clay.

She needed only 70 minutes to eliminate Sharapova and dominated her with superb returning, breaking the former No. 1 a half-dozen times. She double-faulted three times in the opening game, part of her 27 unforced errors. The German raced into a 3-0 lead with an early double break.

Sharapova didn't play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated showdown with an injured chest muscle. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games.

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Halep reached the semifinals in a Grand Slam event for the sixth time in her career, matching Ilie Nastase for the most by a Romanian male or female in the Open era.

Schwartzman did the unthinkable by claiming it 6-4, as the 10-time French champion dropped a set at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015.

Top-ranked Nadal enters Wednesday's match bidding to reach his 11th semifinal at Roland Garros.

In the other men's quarterfinal, No 3 Marin Cilic and No 5 Juan Martin del Potro were at 5-5 in a first-set tiebreaker when the matchup of past US Open champions was stopped.

Garbine Muguruza gave Maria Sharapova no chance in their quarterfinal.

With memories of their epic Australian Open semi-final in January, which Halep edged 9-7 in the third, still fresh in the minds they went to a decider.

The top seed is a two-time runner-up at Roland Garros but was forced to dig deep against the German, who is enjoying a fine recovery year after a hard 2017, as Kerber stormed into the lead.

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