Sharapova dumped out by clinical Muguruza

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova

Halep went from out-of-sorts to on-target against Kerber, scrambling to every ball and staying the course to erase an early deficit.

Current world number one Halep made the semi-finals for the 3rd time by battling past Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-2. 'I think there is a lot of autobiographies out in the world, especially in the sporting world, that don't necessarily speak about whether they were rivals or someone they competed against. Halep saved two match points to win that one.

The victor of Thursday's semi-final will also decide the world number one spot which Muguruza held for four weeks previous year. In the first set, Halep had 30 unforced errors.

Sharapova may have vast experience on the big stage, but three double faults gifted Muguruza - who only played two games of her fourth-round clash before Lesia Tsurenko retired with an injury - a break in a nervy opening game from the Russian.

World number one Halep was runner-up in Paris in 2014, where she was beaten by Maria Sharapova, and past year, going down to Jelena Ostapenko after squandering a set and 3-0 lead. But, I mean, I think she made everyone wait a little bit'.

She also lost in the 2014 final to Maria Sharapova with Caroline Wozniacki denying her in the Australian Open final in January.

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. Halep is 3-2 in career grand slam semifinal matches.

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She also became the first two-time victor in 2018 as the first 13 events of the season were won by different players. Her confidence shaken, she had another bogey on 12 and the tournament was suddenly much closer than anyone expected.

"I don't feel I'm favorite for this match, because she's played better than I have this year", Muguruza said of her next match against Halep.

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.

But the Romanian clawed her way back into the contest, winning three straight games as both players struggled to hold on to their serves in a monster opening set that swung one way and then the next. She led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros, but then fell apart and eventually lost to the unseeded Latvian in her second French Open final.

Kerber got off to a flying start.

She missed several chances to go 4-1 ahead but she remained able to built the points more convincingly.

"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. If I do that, I will be okay after the match, no matter the result".

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