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Kerber found decent length on her forehand, regularly putting Halep close to the baseline, and went easily 4-0 up. The victor earns a berth in the final at Roland Garros - plus the No 1 ranking that now belongs to Halep.
Sharapova, back at the claycourt slam for the first time since 2015 following a doping-ban, walked on court with two French Open crowns to Muguruza's one and a 3-0 head-to-head record against the reigning Wimbledon champion.
She needed only 70 minutes to eliminate Sharapova and dominated her with superb returning, breaking the former No. 1 a half-dozen times. She broke again in the eighth game to seal the match.
Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis French Open.
"I hadn't had a withdrawal in - I don't know how long. maybe like six years or something", Sharapova said.
Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with an injured chest muscle.
But by the third set Halep had broken the German's defenses - and her resolve - as she banged in 76 percent of her first serves, with only half the unforced errors of her opponent. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, quit with an injury after only two games.
It ranked among one of the most lopsided losses ever suffered by Sharapova in her Grand Slam career. Halep's only win over Muguruza came in the 2016 Stuttgart Open, the only meeting between these two on clay. I didn't manage to find the rhythm, to be focused on my match.
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