World No. 1 Simona Halep won a bruising quarterfinal battle against Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to book a place against Garbine Muguruza in the French Open semis.
Former number one Muguruza takes on current incumbent Halep on Thursday with the victor to be assured of the top ranking as well as a place in the Roland Garros final.
An hour and 10 minutes later the 31-year-old was walking off after her worst French Open spanking since she managed only two games against Dominika Cibulkova at the same stage in 2009.
Here's a look at the latest results from Roland Garros. Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, was world number one for four weeks from September 11 to October 8 past year. Like Sharapova, Halep was erratic early, making 30 unforced errors in the first set. "When I'm talking about progression or looking back at the weeks, I think there are a lot of good things, like the way my body has handled the long matches that I have played, the back-to-backs".
Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Maria Sharapova that took 15 games to decide. However, she stormed back to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-2 and get the win.
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.
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Muguruza has not dropped a set in this year's tournament and dominated Sharapova with booming groundstrokes and superb returning that earned six breaks. "I missed a lot at the beginning of the match".
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.
Sharapova didn't play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated showdown with an injured chest muscle. That includes the French Open in 2014 and 2017, and the Australian Open in January.
One could not tell on Monday, however, as she kept misfiring against two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber.
Kerber got off to a flying start. The last time the two were scheduled to play was in Qatar in February, but Halep was forced to retire.