French Open 2018: Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber

French Open 2018: Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber

French Open 2018: Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber

But the 26-year-old amassed six of her 30 unforced errors in the first in the tiebreaker.

The Romanian's mentality has often been questioned, but she showed her mental strength and remains on course to win her first Grand Slam.

The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros. Kerber, bidding to become the second German woman to reach the last four here, after Andrea Petkovic, since Steffi Graf in 1999, was visibly ailing because of blisters in the deciding set and the medical time out after three games didn't help her to solve the issue.

Muguruza will face Simona Halep or Angelique Kerber in the semifinals.

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. Muguruza has won seven of her last nine matches on clay court.

It was not enough, though, as Wimbledon champion Muguruza bulldozed her way through the rest of the set to secure her place in the semi-finals. Muguruza sensed weakness and pounced for a 4-0 lead.

"I think it would be unusual for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years", said the 31-year-old.

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Rafael Nadal has dropped a set at the French Open for the first time since 2015.

Sharapova didn't play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated showdown with an injured chest muscle.

Nadal lost the opener 6-4 against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman but began to play better after a rain delay of just under an hour.

The second quarter-final between Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro is also finely balanced with the players tied at 5-5 in the tiebreak in the opening set. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games.

In the victory, Muguruza won 72 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. The Spaniard won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon past year. Some of those matches were very defining for me.

It ranked among one of the most lopsided losses ever suffered by Sharapova in her Grand Slam career.

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