Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Halep stops Muguruza to reach third French open final

Halep stops Muguruza to reach third French open final

Halep is guaranteed to remain the world No. 1 after the tournament. Halep has won her last four matches against Stephens - two last summer at the Citi Open and Western & Southern Open.

She further proved her credentials with a dominant, yet gutsy, win over 2016 champion Muguruza, who failed to hold serve in the first set.

A rare misplaced groundstroke from Halep gave third seed Muguruza a break to get on the board at 5-1, but Halep put away another forehand victor to take a one-sided opening set.

Two-time major victor Kerber raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set before having to rely on a tiebreak to nudge her ahead.

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.

"Then I have two more days until I play the final".

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

"It's not that important, because it's constantly this thing going on", said Muguruza.

"I think it was the most important game of the match".

Muguruza's last stand came at 4-all in the second set, a 13-minute game in which she held three break points.

"She started playing very well immediately, and I wasn't able to reach the level that she was playing", she said.

The women got their matches done before rain arrived at Roland Garros, leaving the men's quarterfinals suspended in progress. 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.

With Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, familiar names of the last few majors have put themselves into contention for Slam glory once again.

Firstly, Halep has been the tournament favourite for virtually the entire event. When we get on the court, it's time to compete.

But it was the German who started the stronger, out-hitting her rival with lethal accuracy, to win the first four games as Halep struggled to find her serving rhythm and peppered the tramlines with unforced errors. Muguruza, who won the French Open in 2016 but didn't make it out of sectionals a year ago, is continuing a fantastic run of tennis at Roland-Garros.

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