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French Open 2018: Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber

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After fighting from a set down, the Romanian had booked her place in her third French Open semi-final with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 win.

Top-ranked Simona Halep has rallied past Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to reach the French Open semifinals.

"It was very nice, this headline, and I know that some people think I will never make it, but I'm sure I'm going to make it", the seventh-seeded Garcia told reporters.

"I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon. (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 No 1 ranking that now belongs to Halep.

Muguruza also dismissed the idea she is favourite against Halep, adding: "No, I don't feel I'm favorite for this match, because she's played better than I have this year".

Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title after several near-misses.

Ahead of the French Open 2018 clash, the 23-time Grand Slam victor called out the parts related to her in Sharapova's autobiography as "hearsay".

"To have had the victories that I have had, to have the results that I have, obviously moving a step in the right direction", said Sharapova who had made the last-eight in Madrid and semis in Rome in the run-up to Paris.

Halep went all out in the first set against Kerber, but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors.

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.

"After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all", said Halep.

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. 'I think there is a lot of autobiographies out in the world, especially in the sporting world, that don't necessarily speak about whether they were rivals or someone they competed against. She started going for less, adding a little more lift to her shots and letting Kerber make the mistakes. "I think everyone would ask me questions, as well", she said.

Serve and return worked much more efficiently while Kerber struggled to maintain the usual range from the baseline Nonetheless, Halep's overall level of play had been in the ascendancy for most of that set's second half - and, continuing to take control from the baseline, she immediately took her first lead of the match with a break in the second set.

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

The signs were ominous when the five-times Grand Slam champion coughed up three nervy double-faults in the opening game.

"I don't think you have to be mean in order to win matches".

And sure enough, we have seen a more tenacious Halep at play over the past year, despite the glaring hole of two Grand Slam runner-up trophies in the space of eight months.

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