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No. 3 seed Muguruza professed not to know that she could overtake current world No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania by winning the Thursday semifinal.

Halep, who assured herself of retaining the No. 1 ranking with the victory, earned a fourth chance to win her first major title.

Stephens advanced to the French Open final for the first time on Thursday, beating Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 in an all-American semifinal on Court Philippe Chatrier.

"So, I lost three times until now and no one died, so it will be OK, " said Halep when asked about her previous major finals.

It was not enough, though, as the Wimbledon champion Muguruza bulldozed her way through the rest of the set to secure her place in the semi-finals. "I have another chance to be in the final and hope to do better than past year", said Halep. It was her most one-sided defeat at the Grand Slam tournaments since a 6-3 6-0 loss to Victoria Azarenka in the 2012 Australian Open final.

"When you're facing somebody that also has an aggressive style of game I think it's about who takes the command, who takes the first opportunity", Muguruza said. "I feel calm. I feel that I have to enjoy it today, the victory, because it's a great match", she explained.

"So I'm not entirely sure how to go about that answer".

Halep has now defeated Muguruza in both their meetings on clay.

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The Spaniard, bidding for an 11th title at Roland Garros, will meet fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro in Friday's semi-final after the Argentine overcame Marin Cilic 7-6 (5) 5-7 6-3 7-5.

Halep made quick work of Muguruza, the 2016 champion who entered the match having not lost a set to this point. It wasn't just the body "absorbing all of the wear and tear", Murray said, but absorbing it "all of a sudden".

The 24-year-old improved in the early stages of the second set, holding serve for the first time and backing it up with a break on her way to a 3-1 lead.

Keys attempted to respond three games later as she began picking off the Stephens serve, however, she squandered the two break points that came her way and her profligacy was ultimately punished. Oh, and she gets to stay as world No.1, whatever happens.

The first week, she said, she was at a wedding in Ireland. "I think it would be odd for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years. Just go out, give it your all, and whoever wins, wins".

In a re-run of last year's US Open final, Stephens once again got the better of her fellow American Madison Keys in two sets.

In all, Keys made 41 unforced errors, 30 more than Stephens.

It took her 29 minutes just to gain a game, and by then she already trailed 4-0. In the victory, Muguruza won 72 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points.

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