Simona Halep hits back to sink Angelique Kerber in quarter-finals

Maria Sharapova French Open 2018

Muguruza, victor two years ago, will face either world number one Simona Halep or Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals.

Muguruza, the 2016 champion, earlier thrashed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 to reach the semi-finals, condemning the Russian to her worst Grand Slam defeat in more than six years.

Now third in the WTA leaderboard behind Halep and Caroline Wozniacki, Muguruza will rise above them both to sit atop of the rankings with a win on Thursday. "She loves clay. She loves Roland Garros". After trailing 4-0 in the opening set, Halep fought back to force a tiebreaker but briefly lost her focus to drop the set after losing five consecutive points. There were no such fireworks this time, though, with Halep sealing a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 victory. Halep also won their most recent battle at the Australian Open where she saved match points to win 9-7 in the third set of their semi-final.

Though Kerber, sensing a pendulum swing, cut her passive play out and began to construct her most aggressive points of the match, Halep would be able to protect that advantage throughout the set. This time, she needed only 70 minutes to eliminate Sharapova and dominated her with superb returning, breaking the former No. 1 a half-dozen times.

"I think there is a lot of autobiographies out in the world, especially in the sporting world, that don't necessarily speak about whether they were rivals or someone they competed against".

Muguruza looked dominant in the win over Sharapova, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. She double-faulted three times in the opening game, part of her 27 unforced errors. She went on to commit only 16 errors over the course of the next two, which was the difference in getting the win.

Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis French Open. She started going for less, adding a little more lift to her shots and letting Kerber make the mistakes.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova was able to put her feet up when Serena Williams retired due to injury ahead of their eagerly awaited showdown on Monday but she was off the pace two days later in Paris.

"I expect certain things for myself, being in good positions throughout my career and putting myself in No. 1 ranking".

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