Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza enter French Open 2018 semi-finals

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 07 June 2018, 12:49 Hrs
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french openThe World No 1, Simona Halep came back from a set down to beat former World No 1 Angelique Kerber in an entertaining 3 sets prevailing in 6-7(2) 6-3 6-2 and move into the French Open semi-finals. It was one way traffic in the first set in the beginning as Kerber found her range and up 4-0 with double break before Halep came back and equalised 5-5.

Halep next plays with 2016 Champion Garbine Muguruza, of Spain, for a place in the Final.

“It’s always a tough match when I play against her. After the first set I just stayed strong and didn’t give up. I missed a lot in the beginning and tried to do too much, but changed the tactics later on and it worked”, Halep said, after the match.

Halep broke the serve in the first game of the second set and it was the first set the German lost in this tournament. Halep continued the momentum in the deciding set and won 6-2 comfortably. Whenever these two met, it went to the distance and now Halep leads 6-4 in head to head count.

Muguruza crushes Sharapova

In another quarter-final match between the World No 3 and Former two times French Open Champion Sharapova, Muguruza won with ease 6-2 6-1 just losing three games, as it was a one-sided quarter-final.

“I had to make sure to play my best tennis as I was playing against a great player. I was focusing on winning every point, every game.” Muguruza said after the match. It took Sharapova 29 minutes to get her first game.

With that Muguruza going to the semi-finals without dropping a set and she is really looking forward to her match against Halep. “She is the World No 1 player and probably best in the World at the moment, and I am excited to have a good semi-final”, she said.

Rafa loses his first set regroups after the rain delay

Playing in the quarterfinal against little man Schwartzman, from Argentina, Rafa lost his first set of the tournament and his winning of a streak of sets came to a halt. Powerful hitter from Argentina, hit winners all over the court to keep the 10 time French Open Champion at bay. In first set alone he hit 20 winners to Rafa’s 4. When the second set began, again the Argentine broke once again and he was up a break and leading 3-2. It seemed Rafa was going to be shocked, thankfully for him rain intervened, and had a break and came back after the rain delay, and won three games on the trot. When rain again suspended the match he was leading 5-3.

In another men’s quarter-final match Big serving guys Juan Martin Delpotro and Croat Marin Cilic were competing equally when rain delayed they were 5-5 in the tie-breaker. Delpotro had a lot of chances to break Cilic’ serve but Cilic held his nerve to hold.

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