Roland Garros: Simona Halep overcomes Angelique Kerber

Tyler Owen
June 7, 2018

A lot of eyes were on Maria Sharapova as she continued her comeback tour, but it was Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza who showcased their skill with quarterfinal wins on Day 11.

The Spaniard, who won the 2016 French Open, stayed on course for her third Grand Slam title.

The Romanian broke at the start of the second set and then held for 6-3 as Kerber dropped her serve again in the ninth game.

She was quoted as saying: "The book was a lot about me.I think the book was 100 per cent hearsay".

"[It] shows me that I have enough patience, I have enough power inside to stay calm and just to play what I have to play against her", Halep added. She hurried up her strokes and easily Halep sealed the eight win in as many matches against a lefty opponent and against a top 20 player this season.

In the other men's quarter-final, number three Marin Cilic and number five Juan Martin del Potro were at 5-all in a first-set tie breaker when the match-up of past US Open champions was stopped. As she told the press after her quarterfinal win, "There were times when I had to go back and hit a higher ball, where maybe before I would have tried to hit a line-drive victor".

Though Kerber, sensing a pendulum swing, cut her passive play out and began to construct her most aggressive points of the match, Halep would be able to protect that advantage throughout the set. Halep managed to win despite 46 unforced errors and being broken four times.

"It's tough against her". "My head won it".

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Halep's win knocked Caroline Wozniacki out of the race to be number one in next week's rankings, and set up a winner-takes-all match against Spain's Muguruza in Thursday's semi-final.

She'll move on to face world No. 1 Simona Halep, who needed three sets to defeat No. 12 Angelique Kerber.

Sharapova did not play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated showdown with an injured chest muscle.

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. She is capable of moving Muguruza and forcing her out of her comfort zone in a way Sharapova could not.

But the 26-year-old amassed six of her 30 unforced errors in the first in the tiebreaker.

"I just have to go find her, because I need to tell her some juicy stuff", Stephens said, declining to reveal the topic. "At least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing".

And it was Sharapova who looked the rustier, with two limp service games handing Muguruza an immediate 4-0 lead and consequently the first set. She is 48-2 in majors after winning the opening set. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games. "If I do that, I will be okay after the match, no matter the result".

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