Sloane Stephens into French Open final by winning all-American semi

French Open- Wednesday Schedule Muguruza Sharapova and Nadal-Schwartzman

Already, however, she is assured of keeping the world No 1 ranking after this event.

"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.

"Well, I heard about it just now that the one who wins will be No 1", she said.

"I was 2-4 down in the second set but I knew I had to fight for every ball, push her back and play the way I did in the first set".

Sharapova takes out frustration of Muguruza defeat by blasting Serena over comments on her autobiography, says her book is honest. She won on her first match point with a backhand victor down the line. Particularly against Stosur and Sharapova, the 24-year-old was terrific and although she disagrees, Muguruza feels like the favourite coming into the semi-finals based on her clinical displays so far.

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Halep now has the chance to finally win the Grand Slam title she has toiled so long for.

In Thursday's other semi-final, US Open champion Sloane Stephens will take on fellow American and close friend Madison Keys who she beat 6-3, 6-0 in the final in NY last September. "If I do that, I will be OK after the match, no matter the result".

This time past year, Stephens was still sidelined with a foot injury that her walking around in crutches and Keys was coming off a second wrist surgery.

"I started in the first set not matching her level", said Muguruza, the reigning Wimbledon champion.

"It's always hard playing someone from your country and such a good friend", Stephens said, "so I was really pleased to be able to get through that and play some good tennis". Halep will also have to contend with the fact that once she makes it to the second week of slams, Muguruza comes alive. When we get on the court, it's time to compete. "I obviously lost to Sloane at the US Open, but, you know, I feel like on clay it's a little bit of a different matchup", Keys previewed the semi-finals against her good friend.If Keys is able to shake off any nerves early, the encounter between her and Stephens should be a lot closer than in the US Open final but Stephens' big-match moxie can not be underestimated - neither today or possibly on Saturday. Muguruza, who won the French Open in 2016 but didn't make it out of sectionals past year, is continuing a fantastic run of tennis at Roland-Garros.

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