Maria Sharapova'sFrench Open comeback has been ended in straight sets by ruthless Garbine Muguruza. However, this is usually the point in grand slams where Halep falls apart, so it's going to be interesting if the Romanian can finally close the deal on the big stage and put herself in elite company.
"It's the same thing as always". We have a lot of respect for each other. "Because it's a nice opportunity, a big challenge, so I have just to feel happy after the match that I gave everything". Twelve months ago she was the tournament favourite and playing a huge underdog in the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, but somehow contrived to lose in three sets. "I think she hated me for taking something that she believed belonged to her...." Del Potro got back to the semifinals in Paris for the first time since 2009. So I will relax and then we will see what is going to happen Saturday.
"Sure, yeah, I guess. It's so good for me, for my team, for my family". "I don't have words to explain what this means to me and my team". The reference to her book seemed rather irrelevant given the one-sided nature of yesterday's match - Sharapova won only three games. I think my shots were a lot more forced.
"I just do what I have been doing all the days, really". It's clay. It's different.
Rafael Nadal is into the French Open semifinals for the 11th time. "It's been a little bit longer for me to get used to it, but I feel like every year I get more comfortable".
"It's never easy playing someone from your country, let alone someone you actually care about and you're friends with", Stephens said afterward. I think that's a load of crap, but, you know, it's just me (smiling).
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.
"After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all", said Halep, who is still chasing a maiden grand slam.
"I played again one of my best matches on clay", Halep said after coming back from a break down in the second set. "Well, trying to be as nice as possible".
Halep went all out in the first set against Kerber, but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors. Keys is all-out attack. Only a loss to Dominika Cibulkova in the 2009 quarterfinals here, in which she won only two games, was worse.
It looks like the younger generation of Americans are also getting comfortable sliding and grinding on the dirt. It would be very odd, I think, if I didn't write anything about her.
Muguruza has not dropped a set in this year's tournament and dominated Sharapova with booming groundstrokes and superb returning that earned six breaks.
The World No.1 was much-improved under the sunshine on Court Philippe Chatrier after finding life hard in damp conditions the night before, finally seeing off dogged Argentinian Schwartzman on his fourth match point.