French Open 2018: Garbine Muguruza vs Simona Halep,

French Open 2018: Garbine Muguruza vs Simona Halep,

A Grand Slam win in Paris would bring redemption for Halep, who lost in the 2017 French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko after leading by a set and three games. "My head won it", Halep said.

Here's a look at what happened during Thursday's singles action from Roland-Garros.

Following this tournament, Stephens will become the 44th woman in WTA history to cross the $10 million career prize money threshold. The No. 1 seed on the men's side wasted no time getting back on track, closing the second set immediately. Two of the four matches have gone the distance. He didn't dominate statistically-both players had three double faults and just one ace in the match-but took advantage of 64 unforced errors by Schwartzman.

The key for Nadal to keep his semifinal record flawless will be recovery. When the opportunity arises, whether it is her section of the draw or in a match, the 25-year-old has been swinging away without being all that fazed by it.For Madison Keys "opportunity" and the "big moment" can be a trickier customer. Like Sharapova, Halep was erratic early, making 30 unforced errors in the first set.

The win marks del Potro's first appearance in the French Open semifinals since 2009.

Just like she wowed the tennis world with her summer a year ago, Stephens is enjoying a strong spring that started with her winning the title in Miami.

Indeed, her Roland Garros campaign this year came close to ending in the third round when Italy's Camila Giorgi twice served for the match and was within two points of winning. "At least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing".

Keys has reached the second week in nine of her last 11 Slams.

10th-seeded Sloane Stephens had never made it past the fourth round in Paris until now. She's shown it. It's a great match. Had Muguruza won, she would have moved up to No. 1 when the new rankings come out next week.

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Maria Sharapova left the French Open without much of a fight, but had enough left in the tank to deliver a parting shot at Serena Williams.

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

"She's playing fast with everyone", Halep said last night.

Halep, meanwhile, has participated in a trio of major finals, losing each.

In full swing: Garbine Muguruza hardly broke a sweat en route to her first victory over Maria Sharpova.

Simona Halep will face the victor of Thursday's all-American semifinal between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, was world number one for four weeks from September 11 to October 8 previous year.

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.

Stephens hasn't dropped a set since.

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