Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

French Open 2018: Garbine Muguruza vs Simona Halep,

French Open 2018: Garbine Muguruza vs Simona Halep,

Muguruza had lost all three previous times she faced Sharapova, whose five Grand Slam titles include two at Roland Garros. Halep will also have to contend with the fact that once she makes it to the second week of slams, Muguruza comes alive. "At least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing".

Halep's win knocked Caroline Wozniacki out of the race to be number one in next week's rankings, and set up a winner-takes-all match against Spain's Muguruza in Thursday's semi-final.

Halep broke to love as Muguruza wilted in the next game, sealing her third final appearance at Roland Garros and ensuring she will stay as world number one after the tournament.

I want to side with Halep, but I can't bet against Muguruza in her current form.

By the end of the first set, the 5-time major victor had won just 8 points against the Muguruza serve and failed to carve out a single break point.

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This time a year ago, Stephens was still sidelined with a foot injury that her walking around in crutches and Keys was coming off a second wrist surgery.

Suffice to say that the 26-year old would be well advised to click into gear properly from the start in the semi-finals because Muguruza has been looking in fantastic shape throughout the entire fortnight in Paris - even if her results leading up to Paris, such as her first-round loss to Daria Gavrilova in Rome, haven't been confidence inspiring.

After suffering a heavy defeat against Garbine Muguruza in the French Open quarter-finals, Maria Sharapova has hit back at Serena Williams's accusations that the Russian's autobiography was "100 per cent hearsay", insisting contentious references to her arch-rival are accurate. She was prior to the draw and it took a gift draw for Elina Svitolina - which the Ukrainian was unable to exploit - for her to lose this status for the opening two rounds. "I just try to keep that going". I just went and searched for her in the training room.

"I played again one of my best matches on clay", Halep said after coming back from a break down in the second set. Thanks to her sublime athleticism and great ball-striking, she can essentially "shut the court down" against her opponents, slowly smothering them with controlled aggression, injections of pace or go on lock-down defensively.

"I have another chance to be in the final and hope to do better than a year ago".

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