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French Open round-up Day 9

She escaped a clash with old rival Serena Williams but Maria Sharapova came up against a brick wall in the shape of Garbine Muguruza in the quarterfinals of the French Open.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber reached the quarterfinals of the French Open for the second time by beating Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-3. Rafa Nadal goes in search of his 11th French Open title but don't count out Novak Djokovic - and what about the in-form Alexander Zverev?

The Frenchwoman briefly threatened a comeback when she pulled a break back for 5-3 after saving four match points, but then sent a routine forehand wide on the fifth match point in the following game.

While Nadal was disposing of battling German youngster Maximilian Marterer, Williams had called a press conference to announce she had to withdraw from her eagerly anticipated match against Maria Sharapova.

"I think there are a lot of good things like the way my body has handled the long matches that I have played, the back-to-backs". It was an emphatic performance for Muguruza, who made it to the fourth round of the US Open last year and just the second round of the Australian Open earlier this year.

Williams' voice quivered as she said she can't serve because of a problem with her right pectoral muscle.

Garcia committed a total of 37 unforced errors, almost triple of the 13 winners she hit.

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Muguruza, who also received a virtual walkover in her previous encounter as Lesia Tsurenko retired hurt at 2-0 down in the first set, will meet world No.1 Simona Halep in the semifinal. After having missed the entire clay court tournaments before the French Open, she arrived in Paris ranked 453rd and unseeded.

The 36-year-old said she had suffered a pectoral muscle injury in her third-round win over Julia Goerges and "can't serve at all". "If I do that, I will be okay after the match, no matter what the result".

The world No. 1's 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory over the world No. 70 saw him equal the record of 12 last-eight appearances at Roland Garros, which was set by Novak Djokovic the day before. She will next play 10th-seeded Sloane Stephens. But every time the players are taller, bigger, faster, stronger, but it's not only tennis players.

"It's something like dream come true to play on this court, it was my dream since childhood", said Kasatkina after the match.

It took Halep three sets and a tiebreaker, however, and Kerber has only looked challenged by Kiki Bertens to this point. It will be their 22nd head-to-head meeting.

Rafael Nadal was, well, Nadal, so he won.

The build-up had been overshadowed by Williams's criticism of Sharapova's book "Unstoppable" in which the Russian claimed their feud had started after her 2004 Wimbledon breakthrough triumph.

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