French Open 2018: Simona Halep beats Garbine Muguruza to reach final

Halep was runner-up for a second time at Roland Garros a year ago and lost the Australian Open final in January, but will have another opportunity to claim a maiden grand slam title on Saturday.

The tall Muguruza had not dropped a set before facing Halep and thrashed two Grand Slam champions in Sam Stosur and Maria Sharapova for the loss of five games en route to the last four.

When the top-seeded Halep and No 3 Muguruza meet Thursday, their contrasting styles will match up with plenty at stake.

"I was up against a great player so I had make sure I brought my best tennis". Halep managed to win despite 46 unforced errors and being broken four times. The Romanian broke for a 1-0 lead at the start of the second and finished that set in the same fashion to level the match.

"I lost three times until now and no one died", Halep said, "so it will be OK". Now I just have to go find her, because I need to tell her some juicy stuff. But she failed to convert any of those, and Halep held there, before breaking at love to end it. It feels completely different here", Keys said after her win over Yulia Putintseva.The charge of Lindsay Davenport has been improving her relationships with the clay step by step ("It grows on me a little bit more every year") and raced into the semifinals of the French Open without dropping a set."I'm going to have to be the one to try to open up the court and go for my shots.

She endured an eight-match losing streak after leaving NY, going 0-6 for the rest of 2017 and then 0-2 to begin 2018, including a first-round loss at the Australian Open.

The American pair have contrasting styles, with Stephens' game based on her athleticism and ability to get many balls back, while also turning defence into offence fairly quickly.

Keys made it to the semis with a straight-sets win over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva while reigning US Open champion Stephens eased past Russia's Daria Kasatkina.

"And now it's just - it's good to be able to play all the time for that, but every week there is a new chance, there is a new thing".

It was also a match which witnessed a colossal 99 unforced errors.

The victor of Thursday's semi-final will also decide the world number one spot which Muguruza held for four weeks past year.

She has acknowledged having trouble handling her nerves, which is part of why she was so proud about the way she overcame Kerber, a two-time major champion and former No 1.