French Open 2018: Simona Halep beats Angelique Kerber to reach semi-final

Aubrey Yates
June 7, 2018

After 2 hours and 14 minutes, Halep rallied past the 12th-seeded Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 and reached the French Open semifinals for the third time.

The last French woman to win a singles Grand Slam title was Marion Bartoli, when she won Wimbledon five years ago.

Muguruza broke early in the second set and was so strong on serve that a Sharapova comeback never looked likely.

The German lost her first set of the tournament in the second set after Halep broke her serve in the opening game, and the Romanian surged clear in the deciding set.

Kerber again failed to serve out the set after breaking back for 6-5 as Halep forced a breaker.

Kerber would become only the second German woman to reach the last four in Paris since Steffi Graf won back in 1999.

"She did a lot of things better than I did", Sharapova said. '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.

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"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.

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.

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.

Rafael Nadal has won 37 completed sets in a row at the French Open heading into his quarterfinal against Diego Schwartzman.

The 2012 and 2014 Paris champion, who missed the 2016 tournament because of a doping ban and previous year when she was refused a wild card, was broken six times, committed 27 unforced errors and won just five points on her own serve in the second set.

Muguruza leads Halep 3-1 head-to-head, but this is their first grand slam match-up. "(It) shows me that I have enough patience, I have enough power inside to stay calm", Halep said. She double-faulted three times in the opening game, part of her 27 unforced errors. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games. "If I do that, I will be okay after the match, no matter the result".

Her Slam misery continued at the Australian Open in January where she lost in three sets to Caroline Wozniacki. That she's into her first Slam semifinal on Roland Garros' red clay may seem a surprise to many, but Keys has had European clay success before.

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