Must do better Halep into third Roland Garros final, faces Stephens

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That was sufficient in a set where 13th seeded Keys committed 23 unforced errors. "[It] shows me that I have enough patience, I have enough power inside to stay calm and just to play what I have to play against her", she said. I was, like, 'OK, next round.' That's just kind of how you handle it. "And I am very motivated out there too - it was a Grand Slam quarter-final".

But they hadn't played since 2014, back before Muguruza was as confident and successful as she is these days.

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

While Halep's slump from a set and 3-0 up against Jelena Ostapenko at Roland Garros was in the full glare of the world's media, Stephens's own professional crisis was more private but just as devastating. She made the last-16 in Madrid and Rome and now has a chance to make the French Open final.

Halep next faces third-seeded Garbine Muguruza.

Muguruza improved in the early stages of the second set, holding serve for the first time and backing it up with a break on her way to a 3-1 lead.

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Indeed, her Roland Garros campaign this year came close to ending in the third round when Italy's Camila Giorgi twice served for the match and was within two points of winning.

Garbine Muguruza overwhelmed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in a matchup of past French Open champions to reach the semifinals.

There, Halep will be searching for a first Roland Garros win after previously losing there in 2014 and 2017.

But the 26-year-old Romanian battled back to take a see-saw second set against the US Open champion. Halep has won 12 of her last 14 matches on clay court. Muguruza won 58 percent of her return points and broke six times in her quarterfinal victory. Watching her ranking rise is "somewhat of a reward for the efforts, whether they are small or large", she said.

Muguruza pounced on Sharapova's errors to lead 4-0.

"After not playing for 11 months, I've had some great results", said the American, who has a flawless 6-0 record in finals.

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The 10th-seeded Stephens had never made it past the fourth round in Paris until now.

Swimmers are preparing for the U.S. Championships in late July, a qualifying meet for the Pan Pacific Championships in August and the 2019 World Championships. Muguruza won the French Open in 2016, then Wimbledon a year ago.

In fact, her next match win after the US Open did not come until Acapulco in February.

She has acknowledged having trouble handling her nerves, which is part of why she was so proud about the way she overcame Kerber, a two-time major champion and former No 1.

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