Garcia has been tipped as a potential Grand Slam victor since she burst into the limelight in 2011 as a wild card and led former world number one Maria Sharapova 6-3 4-1 in the second round. Muguruza isn't giving he opponent many chances to breathe, and that's the reason for her quick success in these recent matches. I tried to do too much. "I changed the tactics a bit and it worked".
Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title.
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.
Thwarted: Two-time French Open victor Maria Sharapova after her quarter-final loss.
Halep next faces third-seeded Garbine Muguruza.
Today, Sharapova suffered her heaviest defeat at the Slams since her 6-3, 6-0 battering at the hands of Victoria Azarenka in the 2012 Australian Open final.
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Halep was my pick to win the French Open, and I truly hope she finally gets the money off her back.
Kerber, meanwhile, has been quietly progressing throughout the draw to reach this point.
Muguruza has not dropped a set so far in this year's tournament as she seeks a second championship in Paris and third major trophy overall.
Muguruza has not dropped a set in this year's tournament and dominated Sharapova with booming groundstrokes and superb returning that earned six breaks.
Sharapova may have vast experience on the big stage, but three double faults gifted Muguruza - who only played two games of her fourth-round clash before Lesia Tsurenko retired with an injury - a break in a nervy opening game from the Russian. Muguruza sensed weakness and pounced for a 4-0 lead. She went on to commit only 16 errors over the course of the next two, which was the difference in getting the win.
Halep reached the semifinals in a Grand Slam event for the sixth time in her career, matching Ilie Nastase for the most by a Romanian male or female in the Open era.
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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.
Two past U.S. Open champions meet in the other men's quarterfinal: No. 3 Marin Cilic against No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro.
Muguruza broke early in the second set and was so strong on serve that a Sharapova comeback never looked likely.
Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis French Open.
Halep completed the 30th win over a German opponent and remained unbeaten in quarter-finals matches here at Roland Garros.
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