Simona Halep sweeps aside Garbine Muguruza to reach French Open final

08 June, 2018, 04:34 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • SImona Halep Roland Garros French Open

Muguruza will face world No.1 Simona Halep, who got the better of Angelique Kerber over three sets.

Sharapova, who missed the 2016 tournament because of a doping ban and previous year after she was refused a wild card, was broken 6 times, committed 27 unforced errors and won just 5 points on her own serve in the second set. The key game was the 13-minute ninth at 4-4 when Halep just clung on to her serve, and the disappointment seemed to get to her opponent, who subsided to defeat the game afterwards.

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

Stephens continued her career-best run at the French Open with a 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow American Madison Keys.

However, fast forward a year and Stephens is a US Open champion, is about to reach at least the number four ranking in the world and on Saturday will take on Halep in the 2018 French Open final.

And Thursday, with a gutsy and impressive victory over third-seeded Garbiñe Muguruza in the semifinals of the French Open, Halep earned herself another chance to become a Grand Slam champion. Muguruza won 58 percent of her return points and broke six times in her quarterfinal victory.

She endured an eight-match losing streak after leaving NY, going 0-6 for the rest of 2017 and then 0-2 to begin 2018, including a first-round loss at the Australian Open.


French Open 2018 nearly presented the momentous occasion where the bitter rivals - Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova - former World Number ones, were about to clash in the 4th round.

Sharapova, playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, suffered her most one-sided defeat at the Slams since a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Victoria Azarenka in the 2012 Australian Open final.

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. "Then I was very confident that I can finish". It's just how it's happened for me", Stephens said, "I think once I get going in a tournament, I'm pretty consistent, which is good.

"So tomorrow is going to be a big challenge for me".

"I was 2-4 down in the second set but I knew I had to fight for every ball, push her back and play the way I did in the first set". Serena Williams is a three-time French Open champion, Jennifer Capriati won in 2001, and the legendary Chris Evert retired with a 94.5% winning record on clay, triumphing seven times at Roland Garros.

Stephens, who is now into the semi-finals of a major for the third time, leads Keys 2-0 in head-to-heads but they have never met on clay.

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