Halep stops Muguruza to reach third French open final

Halep stops Muguruza to reach third French open final

"I'm happy to play the final again at my favourite grand slam", Halep said courtside. "But, yeah, I think she made everyone wait a little bit". The 2106 champ will have too much firepower.

"When you're writing an autobiography, I don't think there is any reason to write anything that's not true", said Sharapova. She'll have yet another chance to fill the gaping void in her resume by winning her first Grand Slam.

The 10th-seeded Stephens will bid for her second major title when she takes on Halep.

The world number one was in impressive form as she put the Spaniard to the sword with a 6-1 6-4 victory. The reference to her book seemed rather irrelevant given the one-sided nature of yesterday's match - Sharapova won only three games.

After the five-time Grand Slam victor Sharapova lost in the French Open quarterfinals to Garbine Muguruza, she hit back at Williams' accusations and comments about her book.

She is 0-3 in major finals so far, losing to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 French Open final, to unseeded Jelena Ostapenko in last year's French Open final and to Caroline Wozniacki in this year's Australian Open final. Halep will also have to contend with the fact that once she makes it to the second week of slams, Muguruza comes alive.

She won the US Open in September on a ranking of 83 and just 69 days after returning to the tour following her near year-long absence.

Her victory over third seed Muguruza also means she will retain the world No. 1 ranking next week. Halep, who started attacking from the start, was as tidy as she was effective on the day, finishing with six fewer errors than her opponent's count of 31.

"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", Sharapova said.

Muguruza pounced on an error-plagued Sharapova start to lead 4-0 with a double break. While Sharapova wasn't prominent in the conversation to add a third title to her résumé, she looked as if she belonged in the second week, which ended with rising commotion around a scheduled fourth-round clash against arch-nemesis Serena Williams.

Muguruza's opponent Lesia Tsurenko lasted just two games before retiring hurt.

History is on Nadal's side as he continues his quest for an 11th title at Roland-Garros.

The women got their matches done before rain arrived at Roland Garros, leaving the men's quarterfinals suspended in progress.

A pair of American women will contest a French Open semifinal for the first time in 16 years, and neither of them bears the surname "Williams". "My head won it", Halep said. Muguruza is 3-0 in career grand slam semifinal matches.

By the end of the set, Halep had claimed four straight breaks to race into a one-set lead.

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