Nadal takes 2nd set as French Open QF resumes

  • Nadal takes 2nd set as French Open QF resumes

Nadal takes 2nd set as French Open QF resumes

It was a full house on Court Philippe-Chatrier as Simona Halep beat Garbine Muguruza 6-1 6-4.

One thing Halep will not want to dwell on is the fact she has won only one of her past eight finals - including a defeat by Jelena Ostapenko in last year's Roland Garros showpiece. However, for the first time, Stephens wobbled slightly, losing her serve when serving for victory, and the pressure was back on as Keys held for 5-4; however, there was no mistake the second time around, with the tenth seed safely reaching the final.

Simona Halep is two wins away from earning her first Grand Slam title.

But sport is often a cruel and cold mistress, and in Sloane Stephens Halep faces another serious test of her nerve.

But Keys, who made 23 unforced errors in the first set, hit back hard and set up a break point at 3-2, only for Stephens to save it with a service return victor. Halep has made the French Open finals two other times, losing to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and Jelena Ostapenko a year ago.

He was also able to raise his level when in danger, saving three break points in the eighth game of the third set with great shot-making, and four more in the final set. Halep's only way to win this match is in straight sets. Muguruza won the French Open in 2016, then Wimbledon past year.

In the first all-American Roland Garros semi-final since 2002, the 10th-seeded Stephens stayed composed throughout as Keys, who has not won a set against her in three meetings, peppered the court with unforced errors. "But I will be, I think, more confident, because I have a lot of experience".

The former world No.1 used a post-match media conference following a 6-2 6-1 quarter-final hammering from Garbine Muguruza to address Serena Williams' claims parts of her book Unstoppable: My Life So Far were misleading.

"It's not that important, because it's constantly this thing going on", said Muguruza.

Muguruza, the 2016 champion, set about attacking Halep from the start but whereas all her previous opponents this fortnight has withered under the onslaught, battle-hardened Halep barely took a backward step.

Halep got off to a poor start, with 10 unforced errors in the opening three games handing Kerber a double break. The fact that she became No. 1 has given her a different dimension, a different stature.

"But I believe in my chance". The 25-year-old has proven herself in those situations, and Halep will need to come up with her most daring counter yet.

Here's something the women who meet for the championship at Roland Garros do have in common: They rarely seem to let a point end quickly. Muguruza has won seven of her last nine matches on clay court.

Sloane Stephens may be the underdog, but she is more than capable of denying Halep once more.

The victor earns a berth in the final at Roland Garros, plus the number one ranking that now belongs to Halep.

But after a solid claycourt season in which she reached the quarter-finals in Madrid and semis in Rome, Sharapova appears to be heading in the right direction and she will be close to the top 20 again when the rankings are published on Monday.

The fifth-seeded Del Potro, whose career has been hampered by injuries, beat third-seeded Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 Thursday.

"I will focus on myself, like I did every match here".