Tennis

French Open: Top-ranked Simona Halep advances to semifinals

Top-ranked Simona Halep on Wednesday rallied past Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to reach the French Open semifinals. Halep went all out in the first set but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors.

Romanian will play 3rd-seeded Garbine Muguruza, who ousted Maria Sharapova

Simona Halep of Romania celebrates her victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber in women's singles quarter-final play at the French Open in Paris on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Romanian will play Garbine Muguruza in Thursday's semifinals. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Top-ranked Simona Halep has rallied past Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to reach the French Open semifinals.

Halep went all out in Wednesday's first set but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors. She reacted well to limit her mistakes while staying aggressive on her German opponent's service games.

"After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all," said Halep, the 26-year-old Romanian who will face Garbine Muguruza on Thursday. "I missed a lot at the beginning of the match. I tried to do too much. Then I changed a little bit of tactics and it worked."

Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title. She led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros. But she fell apart and eventually lost to the unseeded Latvian in her second French Open final.

French Open Men's Wrap: Nadal trails Schartzman prior to rain delay

4 years ago
Duration 1:21
Rain postponed Rafael Nadal's quarter-final match against Diego Schartzman. Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro will also continue hostilities on Thursday. 1:21

Muguruza through

Garbine Muguruza overwhelmed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in a matchup of past French Open champions to reach the semifinals.

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.

Muguruza has not dropped a set so far in this year's tournament as she seeks a second championship in Paris and third major trophy overall. The Spaniard won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon last year.

She needed only 70 minutes to eliminate Sharapova and dominated her with superb returning, breaking the former No. 1 a half-dozen times.

French Open Women's Wrap: Halep and Muguruza advance to semis

4 years ago
Duration 1:22
The last quarter-final matches saw Garbine Muguruza easily defeat Maria Sharapova, while Simona Halep battled Angelique Kerber for a spot in the semis. 1:22

Sharapova was hardly at her best right from the start, double-faulting three times to get broken in the opening game. She ended up with six double-faults and 27 total unforced errors, 12 more than Muguruza.

Muguruza raced to a 4-0 lead and never looked back.

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. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games.

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