Simona Halep battles past Garbine Muguruza to reach French Open final

Simona Halep battles past Garbine Muguruza to reach French Open final

Simona Halep battles past Garbine Muguruza to reach French Open final

Hurling everything Muguruza fired her way back across the net with equal venom Halep made a lightning start and was 5-0 up despite her opponent not playing badly herself. Halep has won her last four matches against Stephens - two last summer at the Citi Open and Western & Southern Open.

"Well, I heard about it just now that the one who wins will be No 1", she said.

A sweeping, running forehand into an open court gave her the set with Muguruza having managed just two winners.

Romania's Simona Halep came from a set down to beat Angelique Kerber in 2 hours 14 minutes. "I think everyone would ask me questions, as well", she said. There were five players in with a chance of supplanting Halep at the start of the tournament, but Caroline Wozniacki, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Garcia all failed to make the quarter-finals.

Halep won in an hour and 32 minutes, and was awaiting the victor of the second all-American match between Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens.

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

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

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.

The top seed is a two-time runner-up at Roland Garros but was forced to dig deep against the German, who is enjoying a fine recovery year after a hard 2017, as Kerber stormed into the lead.

It was also a match which witnessed a colossal 99 unforced errors.

While Halep has yet to get her hands on a Grand Slam title, Muguruza has two to her name and she triumphed at Roland Garros in 2016. When we get on the court, it's time to compete.

Keys made it to the semis with a straight-sets win over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva while reigning US Open champion Stephens eased past Russia's Daria Kasatkina.

The 25-year-old Stephens won last year's U.S. Open for her first major, beating Keys in the final. "I obviously lost to Sloane at the US Open, but, you know, I feel like on clay it's a little bit of a different matchup", Keys previewed the semi-finals against her good friend.If Keys is able to shake off any nerves early, the encounter between her and Stephens should be a lot closer than in the US Open final but Stephens' big-match moxie can not be underestimated - neither today or possibly on Saturday.

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