Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Simona Halep keeps the dream alive at Roland Garros

Simona Halep keeps the dream alive at Roland Garros

Sharapova and Williams were supposed to meet in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday, but Williams had to withdraw from the pair's 22nd meeting with a last-minute injury.

In Thursday's other semi-final, US Open champion Stephens will take on fellow American and close friend Keys who she beat 6-3, 6-0 in the final in NY last September.

Simona Halep has reached her third French Open final and held on to the world No.1 spot with victory over Garbine Muguruza.

The win in the semi-final, though, is reminiscent of how Halep has been playing in the event. "I think that we'll just have to go out and compete". Somebody's going to win. Now I just have to go find her, because I need to tell her some juicy stuff.

The 10th-seeded Stephens had never made it past the fourth round in Paris until now.

In short, this is proper, pressure second-week of a grand slam tennis.

"This is one of my favourite tournaments and I'm looking forward to Saturday".

The Romanian battled back to force a tie-break, only to lose it tamely and to her obvious frustration.

"It's always hard to play someone from your country, and such a good friend, so I'm pleased to get through that", said Stephens. I don't think you have to be mean in order to win matches. But it's a little weird. Her return has been flawless most of this tournament and if Halep is going to make a high number of unforced errors again, she stands no chance.

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American duo Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys will square off in the Roland Garros semi-finals on Thursday, in a rematch of last September's US Open final. So I will stay chilled. But she fell apart and eventually lost to the unseeded Latvian in her second French Open final.

Maria Sharapova's first French Open in three years came to a muted conclusion Wednesday. Nadal was serving for the second set at 5-3, 30-15, when another shower came and action was halted for the day.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza broke Maria Sharapova's serve six times and needed only 70 minutes to move into the semifinals.

If this hadn't been enough, Halep was forced to play on Court 18, a newly-inaugurated court at this year's tournament edition. "She played 17 matches in three-and-a-half weeks", with grinding nine wins against top-20 players. "She had a lot more depth in the ball". So I think that's why I won today.

In the other women's quarterfinal, No. 1 Simona Halep takes on former No. 1 Angelique Kerber in a rematch of their epic Australian Open semifinal in January.

The second set was more of a test for Halep, who was ahead by a set and 3-0 before falling apart against Ostapenko a year ago.

And it was Sharapova who looked the rustier, with two limp service games handing Muguruza an immediate 4-0 lead and consequently the first set. But she failed to convert any of those, and Halep held there, before breaking at love to end it. Muguruza applauded Halep, who had the crowd behind her.

"I think she just wasn't healthy", he said. She's suffocating her opponents with such deep shots and bullying her way across the court. Halep is 3-2 in career grand slam semifinal matches.

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