Muguruza thrashes Sharapova to reach French Open semi-finals

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This time the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd - at least the ones that could be prised away from their luncheon - got a match, if not a contest, as Muguruza roared to a 6-2 6-1 victory and on to a semi-final against top seed Simona Halep in which the world number one ranking will also be on the line.

In Thursday's other semi-final, US Open champion Sloane Stephens will take on fellow American and close friend Madison Keys who she beat 6-3, 6-0 in the final in NY last September.

"So I give less importance to that". "I missed a lot at the beginning of the match. (It) shows me that I have enough patience, I have enough power inside to stay calm", Halep said. The victor earns a berth in the final at Roland Garros, plus the number one ranking that now belongs to Halep. Like Sharapova, Halep was erratic early, making 30 unforced errors in the first set.

Muguruza pounced on an error-plagued Sharapova start to lead 4-0 with a double break. "I think that's a load of crap, but, you know, it's just me".

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.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza has yet to drop a set in the tournament.

Schwartzman did the unthinkable by claiming it 6-4, as the 10-time French champion dropped a set at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015. Halep hopes to make her fourth career grand slam final and her third career French Open final.

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She has acknowledged having trouble handling her nerves, which is part of why she was so proud about the way she overcame Kerber, a two-time major champion and former No 1.

In the other men's quarterfinal, No 3 Marin Cilic and No 5 Juan Martin del Potro were at 5-5 in a first-set tiebreaker when the matchup of past US Open champions was stopped.

Muguruza maintained her momentum with a break in the first game of the second set, but the Spaniard was broken to love in the next game when she netted after a forehand from Sharapova landed just inside the baseline.

"I think she's right now probably the best player".

Kerber got off to a flying start. ". Coming into this part of the year, I was losing a few first-round matches, matches that I wanted to be winning, of course". "She had a lot more depth in the ball".

On Court Suzanne Lenglen, 2014 and 2017 runner-up Halep, came back from a set down for the second time in the tournament to see off 12th seed Kerber, who was bidding to become the first German woman in the last 4 since Steffi Graf in 1999.