Sloane Stephens, Simona Halep advance to play for French Open 2018 title

08 June, 2018, 17:13 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Maria Sharapova is out of the French Open

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Garbine Muguruza thrashed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 to reach the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday, June 6, condemning the Russian to her worst Grand Slam defeat in more than 6 years.

The win for Halep also means she will not lose hold of her world number one ranking, no matter what happens in the next game.

Stephens maintained her spotless record against fellow American Madison Keys with a 6-4 6-4 win in the day's other semi-final clash.

She is 0-3 in major finals so far, losing to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 French Open final, to unseeded Jelena Ostapenko in last year's French Open final and to Caroline Wozniacki in this year's Australian Open final.

Three previous times, she played finals, including the 2017 French Open and the 2018 Australian Open.

"I think I played one of my best matches on clay", Halep said afterwards. "I played again one of my best matches on clay". As she told the press after her quarterfinal win, "There were times when I had to go back and hit a higher ball, where maybe before I would have tried to hit a line-drive victor". She said she expected an intense match against Sharapova, and, in a way, it was - intensely straightforward and efficient.

"And I have two more days until I will play the final. But for sure, I will fight for every ball".

Muguruza applauded Halep, who had the crowd behind her.

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It was Halep who made a blistering start on Court Philippe-Chatrier as she broke Spaniard Muguruza's serve four times to win the opening set 6-1.

Simona Halep is coming off a three sets win over Angelique Kerber that took 30 games to decide. She didn't give up a point. It wasn't just the body "absorbing all of the wear and tear", Murray said, but absorbing it "all of a sudden".

Keys slipped two breaks down in the second but although she pulled one back Stephens served out for the match.

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

She needed only 70 minutes to eliminate Sharapova and dominated her with superb returning, breaking the former No. 1 a half-dozen times.

She improved to 3-0 against her longtime pal and Fed Cup teammate Keys, including their US Open final last September.

"I rushed too much at the beginning", Halep told a news conference. I didn't, like, try to do it.

"I think the book was 100 percent hearsay, at least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing", said Williams, who played in her first Grand Slam since giving birth past year.

As in NY nine months ago, it was a mistake-riddled performance from Keys, who committed 41 unforced errors to Stephens' 11. She made decent inroads in the tournament that turned her away past year but clearly viewed it as incremental progress after a flat, straight-sets loss to Spain's ascendant Garbine Muguruza.

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