Muguruza brushes off Sharapova to reach French Open semi-final

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It will be the third time Halep has contested the final at Roland Garros having lost the 2014 final to Maria Sharapova and last year's final to Jelena Ostapenko.

The injured-plagued former US Open champion battled through in three hours and 50 minutes after the match had been delayed by rain on Wednesday to reach the last four at Roland Garros for the second time, but first in nine years. This year, she was two points from defeat in the third round against Camila Giorgi of Italy before turning that match around. "But I will be, I think, more confident, because I have a lot of experience".

"I will put everything I have Saturday on the court".

"I just do what I have been doing all the days, really". I'm backing Halep to win in three sets. It would be very odd, I think, if I didn't write anything about her. "So it's just, like, I think it would be more shocking if I wasn't in tears".

Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title. "Let's talk outside. It's lovely weather".

But the American 10th seed has never lost a WTA final, with her triumph in the Miami Open in March her sixth win from six. On Saturday, Sloane Stephens and Simona Halep will compete for the women's title.

Stephens fell to 0-7 against No. 1-ranked players during her career. Her manager, Virginia Ruzici, won the French Open 40 years ago. "One of the things I always say, I feel like women, especially, should bring each other up".

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She went on to commit only 16 errors over the course of the next two, which was the difference in getting the win. In Open Era, No.1 seed has claimed the Roland Garros title on 18 occasions and finished runner-up 13 times.

Her defensive skills are second to none, and without the added burden of needing to break her duck, Halep will be free to produce her best upon reaching any more finals.

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"It's never easy playing someone from your country, let alone someone you actually, like, care about and you're friends with", Stephens said. Serena's injury is the big question mark heading into Wimbledon-we hear that she willl, indeed, be able to play-but Halep has an opportunity to build on what has already been a special yeaer. She seems genuinely relaxed about her destiny, with the demons of the past exorcised. She'll be hoping to make it fourth time lucky on Saturday. Prediction: "Halep in two sets". "I was dreaming for this moment since I started to play tennis".

I am going with Sloane Stephens.

Muguruza, a two-time major champion who was coming off a lopsided victory against Sharapova, took quite a while to get going against Halep, who managed to keep sending ball after ball back over the net. Stephens has one grand slam title under her belt, which came in the 2017 US Open.

But ultimately she paid the price of 41 unforced errors as Stephens served out the match at the second time of asking, sealing victory with a backhand down the line.

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