Tactical change helps Halep reach French Open semis

Tactical change helps Halep reach French Open semis

Tactical change helps Halep reach French Open semis

After the five-time Grand Slam victor Sharapova lost in the French Open quarterfinals to Garbine Muguruza, she hit back at Williams' accusations and comments about her book.

Sharapova takes out frustration of Muguruza defeat by blasting Serena over comments on her autobiography, says her book is honest.

Sharapova's autobiography - the 31-year-old said her rivalry with Williams started after 2004 Wimbledon, where Sharapova won her first Grand Slam by defeating Williams in straight sets.

Sharapova never recovered from serving up 3 double faults in the first game.

Halep's win knocked Caroline Wozniacki out of the race to be number one in next week's rankings, and set up a winner-takes-all match against Spain's Muguruza in Thursday's semi-final.

"There is no point to be sad about what happened in Rome, because now it doesn't really matter", Muguruza concluded her pre-tournament press conference - and has been tearing up the Parisian clay with steely determination since. "I think everyone would ask me questions, as well", she said.

Halep lost focus to allow Muguruza to claw back one break, only to break again herself to seal the first set in 36 minutes. She will face the victor of Thursday's all-American semifinal between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.

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"When you're writing an autobiography, I don't think there is any reason to write anything that's not true", Sharapova said. And I will try just to be calm during the match and try everything I can.

"If I make it all, it's very well".

"I rushed too much at the beginning", Halep told a news conference. Thanks to her sublime athleticism and great ball-striking, she can essentially "shut the court down" against her opponents, slowly smothering them with controlled aggression, injections of pace or go on lock-down defensively.

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

Muguruza's big strokes overwhelmed Maria Sharapova right from the start and their quarter-final was no contest at all in a 6-2, 6-1 one-way journey. "I obviously lost to Sloane at the US Open, but, you know, I feel like on clay it's a little bit of a different match-up". She didn't give up a point.

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.

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