Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Roland Garros: Simona Halep overcomes Angelique Kerber

Roland Garros: Simona Halep overcomes Angelique Kerber

"When I'm talking about progression or looking back at the weeks, I think there are a lot of good things, like the way my body has handled the long matches that I have played, the back-to-backs".

Simona Halep went from out-of-sorts to on-target against Angelique Kerber, scrambling to every ball and staying the course to erase an early deficit.

Garbine Muguruza charged ominously into the French Open semifinals with a masterful thrashing of Maria Sharapova.

"When you're writing an autobiography, I don't think there is any reason to write anything that's not true", said Sharapova after being knocked out of Roland Garros by Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-1 in the quarter-finals.

The 28th seed clenched her fist after a hold to love got her on the board, but the aggressive Muguruza was celebrating after one of many vicious groundstrokes put her a set up.

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Muguruza maintained her momentum with a break in the first game of the second set, but the Spaniard was broken to love in the next game when she netted after a forehand from Sharapova landed just inside the baseline.

This time, she made no mistake.

The signs were ominous when the five-times Grand Slam champion coughed up three nervy double-faults in the opening game.

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. She double-faulted three times in the opening game, part of her 27 unforced errors. Muguruza sensed weakness and pounced for a 4-0 lead. "I'm happy with that", the 24-year-old said. That includes the French Open in 2014 and 2017, and the Australian Open in January. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games.

One could not tell on Monday, however, as she kept misfiring against two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber. Halep's only win over Muguruza came in the 2016 Stuttgart Open, the only meeting between these two on clay.

"I'm also very realistic, and, you know, looking back at where I started, 40, 50 in the world, I don't know what I'll be after this event".

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