She made the last-16 in Madrid and Rome and now has a chance to make the French Open final.
Halep was my pick to win the French Open, and I truly hope she finally gets the money off her back. In the victory, Halep won 61 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points.
'And I think we played many matches.
The Spanish third seed thrashed Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in the quarter-finals, condemning the Russian to her worst Grand Slam defeat in more than six years.
Halep went all out in the first set against Kerber, but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors.
Firstly, Halep has been the tournament favourite for virtually the entire event. I stayed focused. I never gave up. "I missed a lot at the beginning of the match". Keys predicted, "I'm going to have to be the one to try to open up the court and go for my shots". After losing that set, when I came back, it was a little bit tough, but I stayed there. It was a pose reminiscent of Stan Wawrinka, and the message was clear - her head was in the game. The 24-year-old Muguruza holds a 3-1 record over Halep, with the victor of the last-four clash to face either Sloane Stephens or her fellow American Madison Keys in the final. That match lasted a total of 35 games, marking the longest women's semifinal at the Australian Open in the Open era. She led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros, but then fell apart and eventually lost to the unseeded Latvian in her second French Open final.
Muguruza, who is 3-1 against the No. 1-seeded Halep in her career, has never squared off with her in a Grand Slam.
The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros. Sharapova wrote in her autobiography.
Halep secured an early break in the second and did not relinquish it despite some fierce pressure from the two-times major victor Kerber, with one remarkable shot at the net even prompting applause from the German.
Halep is a three-time Grand Slam runner-up, including in Paris in 2014 and a year ago; Kerber is a two-time major champ elsewhere; Muguruza won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017; and Sharapova owns five Grand Slam titles, including at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.
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With that said, Muguruza deserves a lot of credit for her performance, including with her serve.
"[The match] was really about the mental", Halep said of her win, per Alex MacPhersonof WTATennis.com.
I want to side with Halep, but I can't bet against Muguruza in her current form.
"But I think off the court, when we're not playing, we're fine".
Kerber would become only the second German woman to reach the last four in Paris since Steffi Graf won back in 1999.
Halep got off to a poor start, with 10 unforced errors in the opening three games handing Kerber a double break. Muguruza sensed weakness and pounced for a 4-0 lead.
"I was focusing on winning every point, every game", Muguruza said.
Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with a pectoral injury. Let's say once again I exit a Grand Slam disappointed and frustrated, because I know I could do better.
"In the past few years, I used to take this into account, and I shouldn't have taken it so much to heart".