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She also greatly improved her success rate on her first serve, winning 47 percent of points in the first set before winning 85 percent in Set 2 and 68 percent in Set 3. "I think that's a load of crap, but, you know, it's just me. My head won it".

World No. 1 Simona Halep won a bruising quarterfinal battle against Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to book a place against Garbine Muguruza in the French Open semis. That might very well have been a relief to 10-time champion Rafael Nadal, who was not at his best on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) and dropped a French Open set for the first time since 2015. The number that defined it was the top seed's 30 unforced errors, six of which came in the tiebreak.

"I rushed too much at the beginning", Halep told a news conference.

"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". Halep increased her level in the second set and gained confidence thanks to an immediate break.

Halep has won five of her past nine matches against the 12th-seeded Kerber, including their most recent encounter in the Australian Open semifinals when she saved two match points. That match lasted a total of 35 games, marking the longest women's semifinal at the Australian Open in the Open era.

Muguruza had lost all three previous times she faced Sharapova, whose five Grand Slam titles include two at Roland Garros.

Muguruza leads Halep 3-1 head-to-head, but this is their first Grand Slam matchup.

In short, the market has been convinced that Halep is the better player throughout this event, but yet has ditched her for this particular match-up, and it's hard to understand why.

Now one will get to play in her second major title match. Sharapova wrote in her autobiography.

Muguruza has not dropped a set so far in this year's tournament as she seeks a second championship in Paris and third major trophy overall.

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Halep is a three-time Grand Slam runner-up, including in Paris in 2014 and past year; Kerber is a two-time major champ elsewhere; Muguruza won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017; and Sharapova owns five Grand Slam titles, including at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.

But they hadn't played since 2014, back before Muguruza was as confident and successful as she is these days.

"[The match] was really about the mental", Halep said of her win, per Alex MacPhersonof WTATennis.com. "She had a lot more depth in the ball".

I want to side with Halep, but I can't bet against Muguruza in her current form. I think she was the aggressive one.

Ahead of the French Open 2018 clash, the 23-time Grand Slam victor called out the parts related to her in Sharapova's autobiography as "hearsay".

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

Just like she wowed the tennis world with her summer a year ago, Stephens is enjoying a strong spring that started with her winning the title in Miami.

"I was focusing on winning every point, every game", Muguruza said.

Sharapova's eagerly-awaited fourth-round clash with Serena Williams never even made it on court on Monday as her American nemesis pulled out an hour before the scheduled start with a pectoral injury.

"In the past few years, I used to take this into account, and I shouldn't have taken it so much to heart". But to have had the victories that I have had, to have the results that I have, obviously moving a step in the right direction.

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