1 with Garbine Muguruza

Angelique Kerber

"But, yeah, I think she made everyone wait a little bit". However, this is usually the point in grand slams where Halep falls apart, so it's going to be interesting if the Romanian can finally close the deal on the big stage and put herself in elite company.

The top seed is a two-time runner-up at Roland Garros but was forced to dig deep against the German, who is enjoying a fine recovery year after a hard 2017, as Kerber stormed into the lead.

She also lost in the 2014 final to Maria Sharapova with Caroline Wozniacki denying her in the Australian Open final in January.

Top-ranked Simona Halep has leveled at one set-all in her French Open quarterfinal against Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Sharapova looked nervous from the beginning and was never allowed to settle as Muguruza posted her first victory against the Russian at the fourth attempt.

Unranked after serving a 15-month doping suspension that ended in the spring of 2017, Sharapova received much-debated wild cards to several WTA events but not Roland Garros, her first major since returning and the only venue where she has won two Grand Slam championships.

The last French woman to win a singles Grand Slam title was Marion Bartoli, when she won Wimbledon five years ago.

Halep, 28, will play 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, of Spain, in the semi-finals on Thursday. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games.

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Kerber found decent length on her forehand, regularly putting Halep close to the baseline, and went easily 4-0 up.

Top-ranked Nadal enters Wednesday's match bidding to reach his 11th semifinal at Roland Garros.

Nadal lost the opener 6-4 against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman but began to play better after a rain delay of just under an hour.

In the other men's quarterfinal, No 3 Marin Cilic and No 5 Juan Martin del Potro were at 5-5 in a first-set tiebreaker when the matchup of past US Open champions was stopped.

In the victory, Muguruza won 72 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points.

Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis French Open.

Now third in the WTA leaderboard behind Halep and Caroline Wozniacki, Muguruza will rise above them both to sit atop of the rankings with a win on Thursday.

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