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Angelique Kerber

No.1 seed Simona Halep roared back to overcome No.12 seed Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2.

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

"I mean, it's not that important, because it's constantly this thing going on, you know. since previous year", she said after a crushing 6-2, 6-1 last-eight victory over Maria Sharapova in Paris.

When the top-seeded Halep and No 3 Muguruza meet Thursday, their contrasting styles will match up with plenty at stake.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza thrashed Maria Sharapova to reach the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday as a second top-of-the-bill showdown in three days failed to materialse at 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. Halep pointed her right index finger at her temple when she eventually completed a 6-7 (2) 6-3 6-2 comeback to reach the semifinals, too. The 24-year-old Muguruza holds a 3-1 record over Halep, with the victor of the last-four clash to face either Sloane Stephens or her fellow American Madison Keys in the final.

"I have just to stay strong, to try to make her uncomfortable on court", Halep said, "and to try to play my game".

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 my shots were a lot more forced.

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Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis French Open.

Thoroughly and clinically outplayed by Muguruza in every respect, Sharapova looked uncomfortable and off-balance for most of her brief stint on court and had a particularly deflating second set in which she logged two winners to 15 unforced errors.

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

Kerber got off to a flying start.

World number one Halep made a slow start, misfiring on her first serve and spraying her groundstrokes wide early on in a duel that lasted more than two hours, before steadily wearing down her opponent.

"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".

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