Rafael Nadal's French Open set streak ends in quarterfinals

Maria Sharapova French Open 2018

Maria Sharapova French Open 2018

She made decent inroads in the tournament that turned her away previous year but clearly viewed it as incremental progress after a flat, straight-sets loss to Spain's ascendant Garbine Muguruza.

Thwarted: Two-time French Open victor Maria Sharapova after her quarter-final loss.

Top-ranked Simona Halep has leveled at one set-all in her French Open quarterfinal against Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Muguruza looked dominant in the win over Sharapova, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. Halep pointed her right index finger at her temple when she eventually completed a 6-7 (2) 6-3 6-2 comeback to reach the semifinals, too.

Kerber, meanwhile, has been quietly progressing throughout the draw to reach this point.

"I mean, it's not that important, because it's constantly this thing going on, you know. since past year", she said after a crushing 6-2, 6-1 last-eight victory over Maria Sharapova in Paris. Halep also won their most recent battle at the Australian Open where she saved match points to win 9-7 in the third set of their semi-final.

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, the 2016 French Open champion, was world number one for four weeks from September 11 to October 8 a year ago.

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Gronkowski is a 12-1 long shot, no doubt attractive odds for his part-owner Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots tight end. One horse - Seahenge - considered a possibility for Saturday's race didn't enter, but the rest of the lineup was as expected.

The signs were ominous when the five-times Grand Slam champion coughed up three nervy double-faults in the opening game.

An anti-climactic match ended predictably, with a Sharapova backhand nestling in the net - her 27th unforced error. Muguruza sensed weakness and pounced for a 4-0 lead.

Williams withdrew shortly before the match with a pectoral muscle injury, a moment Sharapova said she found briefly startling but not destabilizing. She went on to commit only 16 errors over the course of the next two, which was the difference in getting the win.

Nadal was broken three times and lost the opening set of his quarterfinal Wednesday against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina by a score of 6-4.

Rafael Nadal has dropped a set at the French Open for the first time since 2015.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza broke Maria Sharapova's serve six times and needed only 70 minutes to move into the semifinals. Halep's only win over Muguruza came in the 2016 Stuttgart Open, the only meeting between these two on clay.

She has acknowledged having trouble handling her nerves, which is part of why she was so proud about the way she overcame Kerber, a two-time major champion and former No 1.

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