Stephens denies Keys revenge, reaches French Open final

French Open- Wednesday Schedule Muguruza Sharapova and Nadal-Schwartzman

French Open- Wednesday Schedule Muguruza Sharapova and Nadal-Schwartzman

The spirit ebbed away from Muguruza, who converted just two of the eight break points she carved out, and a backhand which sailed long sealed her fate in the 10th game.

"You finally found the secret, how to play a great first set today", a reporter said to her in the post-match press conference.

"I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon", Sharapova wrote in the book. The 2106 champ will have too much firepower. "It was really important for my mind to know I could win against a great opponent". She lost to Jelena Ostapenko in 2017. I'm happy to play the final again at my favourite grand slam.

Her 6-1, 6-4 victory was one-way traffic at the start as she jumped to a 5-0 lead, but Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion who had been playing ferocious and focused tennis in Paris this year, soon raised her level.

She came back from a set down to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Backed by fans who loudly chanted her first name between games, Halep went ahead 3-0 with the help of only one victor.

Muguruza, who had already beaten three Grand Slam champions en route to the final four - including a crushing 6-2 6-1 win over Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals - was unable to capture her best form on Thursday afternoon as she slumped to defeat.

The second set followed a similar pattern as Keys lost her first service game, although there was brief hope for the 13th seed when she broke for the first time when Stephens was serving for the match at 5-2. Muguruza won the French Open in 2016, then Wimbledon a year ago.

Kerber eventually prevailed in a tiebreak, but Halep came out all guns blazing in the second, firing baseline bullets at her opponent, who tried to cling on against the onslaught.

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A nervous start from the Spaniard was immediately pounced upon by Halep for a break in the opening game.

"I lost three times until now and no one died", Halep said, "so it will be OK".

Maria Sharapova's French Open comeback was ended in straight sets by Garbiñe Muguruza.

Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with an injured chest muscle. She went on to commit only 16 errors over the course of the next two, which was the difference in getting the win.

Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis French Open.

When play was suspended on Wednesday, Nadal was trying to even his match with Diego Schwartzman at one set with a 5-3 lead.

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

With Serena Williams still working her way back after giving birth previous year and withdrawing from the French Open in the fourth round due to a pectoral injury, Stephens is emerging as the face of women's tennis in the United States.

In the other women's quarterfinal, No. 1 Simona Halep takes on former No. 1 Angelique Kerber in a rematch of their epic Australian Open semifinal in January.

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