No pressure, no expectations as Halep eyes fourth Slam final

by Steven Clarke June 7, 2018, 5:27
No pressure, no expectations as Halep eyes fourth Slam final

No.1 seed Simona Halep roared back to overcome No.12 seed Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2.

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.

The Romanian broke at the start of the second set and then held for 6-3 as Kerber dropped her serve again in the ninth game.

"So I give less importance to that".

"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.

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

It was also a match which witnessed a colossal 99 unforced errors.

But by the third set Halep had broken the German's defenses - and her resolve - as she banged in 76 percent of her first serves, with only half the unforced errors of her opponent.

Against Kerber, Halep stumbled out of the gate, dropping the first set in a tiebreaker. "But, yeah, I think she made everyone wait a little bit".

Sharapova didn't play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated showdown with an injured chest muscle.

The women got their matches done before rain arrived at Roland Garros, leaving the men's quarterfinals suspended in progress.

Garbine Muguruza celebrates after victory over Maria Sharapova.

Schwartzman did the unthinkable by claiming it 6-4, as the 10-time French champion dropped a set at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015. Nadal was serving for the second set at 5-3, 30-15, when another shower came and action was halted for the day. She made decent inroads in the tournament that turned her away a year ago but clearly viewed it as incremental progress after a flat, straight-sets loss to Spain's ascendant Garbine Muguruza. The record for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament was Bjorn Borg's 41-set winning streak from 1978-81. "If I do that, I will be OK after the match, no matter the result". She hurried up her strokes and easily Halep sealed the eight win in as many matches against a lefty opponent and against a top 20 player this season. She led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros.

On Court Suzanne Lenglen, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro were locked in a first-set tiebreak when play was called off.

She missed several chances to go 4-1 ahead but she remained able to built the points more convincingly.


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