Top seed Halep into third Roland Garros semi-final

Top seed Halep into third Roland Garros semi-final

The 24-year-old Garcia's face was in the front page of L'Equipe on Monday, quoting her as saying her goal was to "win a Grand Slam", and she did not change her statement after her 6-2 6-3 defeat on Court Suzanne Lenglen. That might very well have been a relief to 10-time champion Rafael Nadal, who was not at his best on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) and dropped a French Open set for the first time since 2015.

But by the third set Halep had broken the German's defenses - and her resolve - as she banged in 76 percent of her first serves, with only half the unforced errors of her opponent.

The 11th-seeded Schwartzman has never made it to the final four at any Grand Slam tournament.

Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Maria Sharapova that took 15 games to decide.

Halep, who has lost all three of her Grand Slam finals - including the Australian Open, to Caroline Wozniacki, in January - arrived in Paris on a hot streak, reaching at least the quarter-finals in her last nine claycourt tournaments and losing only one set on her way to facing Kerber in Paris.

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In the victory, Muguruza won 72 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points.

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.

She played her way back into the top 50 earlier this year and earned a seed (28) here in a major for the first time since her forced hiatus. She led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros, but then fell apart and eventually lost to the unseeded Latvian in her second French Open final.

"I missed a lot in the beginning".

Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with an injured chest muscle. The Spaniard won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon a year ago. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, retired with an injury after only two games. Halep is 3-2 in career grand slam semifinal matches. She started going for less, adding a little more lift to her shots and letting Kerber make the mistakes. "I'm excited to play a good semi-finals and it's good that it's tomorrow". "If I do that, I will be OK after the match, no matter the result".

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