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World No.1 Halep slides past Muguruza, into third RG final

World No.1 Halep slides past Muguruza, into third RG final

It was the first set that the Wimbledon champion had dropped at Roland Garros this year. She said: "I have more experience now".

She improved to 3-0 against her longtime pal and Fed Cup teammate Keys, including their U.S. Open final last September.

"When you're facing somebody that also has an aggressive style of game I think it's about who takes the command, who takes the first opportunity", Muguruza said.

"There is a lot of times where I feel like she made the ball by a centimeter", Keys continued, "and I was missing it".

Romanian tennis star Simona Halep, the current number one in the WTA ranking of the best women's tennis players in the world, reached the final of the French Open at Roland Garros for the third time in her career after a two-set victory over Spain's Garbine Muguruza on Thursday afternoon.

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.

Muguruza leads Halep 3-1 head-to-head, but this is their first grand slam match-up.

Muguruza had hammered Maria Sharapova in the quarter-final but Halep was a different proposition entirely - and it seemed she knew it. "I've had issues with the right pectoral muscle to the point where I can't serve", said the 36-year-old after withdrawing from the match.

"I lost three times until now and no one died", Halep said, "so it will be OK".

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Muguruza, a two-time major champion, entered the semifinals having not lost a set in the tournament.

"I mean, it's not that important, because it's constantly this thing going on, you know. since previous year", she said after a crushing 6-2, 6-1 last-eight victory over Maria Sharapova in Paris.

The former world number one drilled a backhand victor down the line to hold again in the next game, the 28th seed clenching her fist as she walked to the chair. For Halep, winning her first Slam.

The signs were ominous when the five-times Grand Slam champion coughed up three nervy double-faults in the opening game.

The second set was more of a test for Halep, who was ahead by a set and 3-0 before falling apart against Ostapenko a year ago.

But it was the German who started the stronger, out-hitting her rival with lethal accuracy, to win the first four games as Halep struggled to find her serving rhythm and peppered the tramlines with unforced errors. But she failed to convert any of those, and Halep held there, before breaking at love to end it.

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

"When we get on the court, it's time to compete".

They will play each other on Friday, when the other men's semifinal is No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria against 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy.