Top seed Halep into third Roland Garros semi-final

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Halep managed to win despite 46 unforced errors and being broken four times. The first was also at Roland Garros in 1980, when Chris Evert defeated Virginia Ruzici 6-0, 6-3.

"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.

The 10th-seeded Stephens had never made it past the fourth round in Paris until now.

"It's the same thing as always". But before that, we are not going to be weird and awkward and make it, like, weird for each other.

"I think there is a lot of autobiographies out in the world, especially in the sporting world, that don't necessarily speak about whether they were rivals or someone they competed against".

But they hadn't played since 2014, back before Muguruza was as confident and successful as she is these days. I think everything will be normal.

Stephens used to want to crack the top 10, then finally got there in April.

"So I'm not entirely sure how to go about that answer". I like clay. I mean, the court suits my game pretty well. "I'm motivated, and that's it", Muguruza said on Wednesday. "I would just call it a road". So my first real experience on red clay, it was when I was 16 or 17.

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"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", she added. The 2106 champ will have too much firepower. I think my shots were a lot more forced. "So I didn't really know what to do". I'm not trying to break a record. However, if you're picking this match based on the current form, you can't pick against Muguruza.

"It's really tough to get any ball by her, but especially today, she was neutralizing so well". Keys is all-out attack. The question was which dominant opponent would be waiting for her. Keys believes she's ready, as she told the press on Tuesday: "Honestly, the Open feels like it was 12 years ago at this point".

A comeback never appeared likely and, though Stephens was unable to serve out the match at 5-2 after Keys gifted her a double break, she did so at the second attempt with a precise backhand down the line.

In Sharapova's book "Unstoppable," she alleges Williams "hated" her for overhearing the 23-time Grand Slam victor sob after losing at the 2004 Wimbledon.

Simona Halep lost the first five games of her Roland Garros campaign this year, and has dropped two sets en route to the final - to Alison Riske in the first round and Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals.

There was no doubt entering Thursday's semifinals that there would be an American woman advancing to the final of the French Open.

A win at the Miami Open in April seemed to turn things around, but she followed that by failing to advance past the third round in each of her next four tournaments.

In the bottom half of the women's draw, Americans Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens have been working their way through brackets, where higher touted names like Elina Svitolina, Jelena Ostapenko or Petra Kvitova had fallen earlier.