Simona Halep predicts Garbine Muguruza plan for French Open clash

Garbine Muguruza celebrates after victory over Maria Sharapova.

Muguruza's big strokes overwhelmed Maria Sharapova right from the start and their quarter-final was no contest at all in a 6-2, 6-1 one-way journey. However, if you're picking this match based on the current form, you can't pick against Muguruza.

"I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon", Sharapova wrote in the book.

As the fans were left devoid of some juicy tennis action the hype of the match was created after Williams heavily criticised Sharapova's autobiography Unstopabble. It would be very odd, I think, if I didn't write anything about her. "Not long after I heard Serena told a friend, who then told me, 'I'll never lose to that little b***h again".

The American pair have contrasting styles, with Stephens' game based on her athleticism and ability to get many balls back, while also turning defence into offence fairly quickly.

All three were tight, three-set defeats, none more painful than her slow fade against the inexperienced Ostapenko in Paris past year, where she led, 6-4, 3-0, with a point to go up, 4-0, before Ostapenko rallied to take the trophy instead. "I missed a lot at the beginning of the match".

"It's not many things to discuss about this match". Some of those matches were very defining for me. It would be very odd, I think, if I didn't write anything about her.

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"I think it was still kind of a confusion in the head up until about a week ago (smiling). 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.

A foot injury - and then surgery - had put her career on ice for 10 months and her ranking had nosedived to 323 in the world. It will be her first appearance at the All England Club in three years.

"Just one of those days where I think she played incredibly well". I had two double faults, so it was a bit tough.

Halep came through a testing quarter-final clash with resurgent former world No 1 Angelique Kerber, coming from behind to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Kerber eventually prevailed in a tiebreak, but Halep came out all guns blazing in the second, firing baseline bullets at her opponent, who tried to cling on against the onslaught.

Muguruza leads Halep 3-1 head-to-head, but this is their first Grand Slam matchup.

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