Rafael Nadal's French Open set streak ends in quarterfinals

Angelique Kerber

Welcome all. World No 1 Simona Halep will be taking on 12th seed Angelique Kerber on Suzanne Lenglen in the quarter-finals of the French Open later this lunchtime, bidding to reach the last four in Paris for a third time.

Simona Halep went from out-of-sorts to on-target against Angelique Kerber, scrambling to every ball and staying the course to erase an early deficit.

"It was very nice, this headline, and I know that some people think I will never make it, but I'm sure I'm going to make it", the seventh-seeded Garcia told reporters. "So I think that's why I won today". Halep saved two match points to win that one.

Muguruza looked dominant in the win over Sharapova, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

Muguruza is 3-0 in career grand slam semifinal matches.

The victor of Thursday's semi-final will also decide the world number one spot which Muguruza held for four weeks past year.

"I didn't play flat any more, more top-spin, and I made her run a little bit more", she said.

Keys has reached the quarter-finals in her last three consecutive Grand Slams as the 23-year-old continues to make strides ahead at the highest level. She double-faulted three times in the opening game, part of her 27 unforced errors.

Sharapova and Williams were due to clash in the fourth round on Monday but the American pulled out at the last minute of their eagerly-awaited grudge match with injury.

Nadal, a 10-time champion at Roland Garros, had not ceded a set in Paris since 2015, when he was beaten in the quarterfinals by Novak Djokovic.

Though Kerber, sensing a pendulum swing, cut her passive play out and began to construct her most aggressive points of the match, Halep would be able to protect that advantage throughout the set.

It was not enough, though, as the Wimbledon champion Muguruza bulldozed her way through the rest of the set to secure her place in the semi-finals. Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, was world number one for four weeks from September 11 to October 8 past year.

She was quoted as saying: "The book was a lot about me.I think the book was 100 per cent hearsay".

Here's another key category in which Muguruza has the upper hand: 2-0 in major championships. If she can channel that same degree of aplomb and expertise in the semi, Halep doesn't have much of a chance. "If I do that, I will be okay after the match, no matter the result".

The struggling Romanian was broken in very first game and as the unforced errors count kept mounting, she was down a double break at 0-4. She is capable of moving Muguruza and forcing her out of her comfort zone in a way Sharapova could not.

Follow along for a breakdown of quarterfinal action at the second Grand Slam of the year.

By the time Sharapova recovered somewhat to play better it was too late, and Muguruza was into her impressive stride, with the court finally filling up post-lunch.

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