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She next faces third-seeded Garbine Muguruza, who thrashed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in a matchup of past French Open champions.

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. And the last time they faced off, Stephens won 6-3, 6-0 over her rattled younger opponent to win the US Open.

"But I don't give it too much attention". "I think that's a load of crap, but, you know, it's just me". Halep saved two match points to win that one.

Maria Sharapova served six double-faults and had 27 unforced errors in the straight sets loss to Garbine Muguruza.

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

"I don't feel I'm favorite for this match, because she's played better than I have this year", Muguruza said of her next match against Halep.

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Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title.

Halep got off to a poor start, with 10 unforced errors in the opening three games handing Kerber a double break. "So I think that's why I won today", she told the media. She clearly still has business to attend to as she eyes a follow-up to her 2016 title on the Parisian clay. The tiebreak may have been one-sided, but the long rallies, Kerber's thunderous groundstrokes and Halep's gritty defense made it an entertaining first set that lasted for an hour.

Muguruza only 5 five winners in the opener which was more than enough against the erratic Russian who reached the quarter-finals for the first time in 3 years when old rival Serena Williams handed her an injury-enforced walkover.

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.

"I missed a lot in the beginning".

"I am very pleased to be in another final in Paris", said Muguruza who has yet to drop a set in the tournament and claimed her first win over Sharapova in 4 meetings.

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Muguruza advanced in the fourth round when Lesia Tsurenko retired after just two games, but her recent run has still been impressive with only five lost games in her last three rounds, including a 6-0, 6-2 win over Samantha Stosur in Round 3.

Muguruza, by contrast, started with a swagger, a rasping forehand giving her a second break before Sharapova went 4-0 down when she put a tame attempted drop shot into the net.

It ranked among one of the most lopsided losses ever suffered by Sharapova in her Grand Slam career.

It is the first time that two American women have reached the last four at Roland Garros since 2002, when Serena Williams beat sister Venus in the final, after a semi-final win over Jennifer Capriati. If she can channel that same degree of aplomb and expertise in the semi, Halep doesn't have much of a chance.

"I don't think you have to be mean in order to win matches".

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