Heartbroken Garbine Muguruza: 'You train so hard to reach a Major final'

Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza

Muguruza won 58 percent of her return points and broke six times in her quarterfinal victory.

"I am really happy that I won the match, it was very important for my mind and I gave it all I had", said Romanian star Halep. "But, yeah, I think she made everyone wait a little bit".

"I have actually been told quite often that I'll never win or do well because I'm too nice of a person and I just don't have it". I don't know what I will change.

"I think the book was 100 percent hearsay, at least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing", said Williams, who played in her first Grand Slam since giving birth previous year. She had her second shot at the title in 2017 but lost again to the Latvian revelation Jelena Ostapenko.

It was not enough, though, as the Wimbledon champion Muguruza bulldozed her way through the rest of the set to secure her place in the semi-finals.

The victor will face either Garbine Muguruza or top-seeded Simona Halep in the final.

Halep has now defeated Muguruza in both their meetings on clay and will also retain the world number one ranking next week.

Sharapova, playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, suffered her most one-sided defeat at the Slams since a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Victoria Azarenka in the 2012 Australian Open final.

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"I think I played one of my best matches on clay against a great opponent", added Halep, who will be appearing in her fourth final at the majors having also been beaten in Australia in January. Simona Halep, the current incumbent, has never won a grand slam, while her opponent Garbine Muguruza won Wimbledon past year to add to her 2016 Roland Garros title.

On Court Suzanne Lenglen, 2014 and 2017 runner-up Halep, came back from a set down for the second time in the tournament to see off 12th seed Kerber, who was bidding to become the first German woman in the last 4 since Steffi Graf in 1999.

It took her 29 minutes just to gain a game, and by then she already trailed 4-0. Rafa Nadal goes in search of his 11th French Open title but don't count out Novak Djokovic - and what about the in-form Alexander Zverev?

A nervous start from the Spaniard was immediately pounced upon by Halep for a break in the opening game. "I think everyone would ask me questions, as well", she said.

Muguruza pounced on an error-plagued Sharapova start to lead 4-0 with a double break.

Sharapova did not play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated showdown with an injured chest muscle. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games.

Another grand slam chance for Simona Halep.

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

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