French Open headlines and quotes – Day 11

Won with the head: Simona Halep gestures as she beats Angelique Kerber during

Paris (AFP) – French Open headlines and top quotes on Thursday, the 11th day of the 2018 tournament:


+ 2016 champion Muguruza into second Paris semi-final

+ Sharapova suffers worst Slam loss in six years

+ Halep needs three sets to beat Kerber

+ Nadal drops first Paris set in three years

+ Rain then halts Rafa fightback  

Who’s saying what

“I think my answer to that is I don’t take those lists very seriously.”

— Maria Sharapova on the Forbes list of top earning athletes showing not one single woman in the top 100.

“I think she made everyone wait a little bit.”

— Sharapova on Serena Williams’s decision to pull out of their last-16 match.

“Does anyone have any earplugs for these ladies matches? Why do they not grunt in practise but in matches and especially big matches it is louder than a 747.”

— Former British player Greg Rusedski @GregRusedski.

“My head won it.”

— Simona Halep on her three-set win over Angelique Kerber.

Numbers up

5 – points won on own serve in second set by Sharapova against Muguruza

99 — unforced errors in the Halep v Kerber quarter-final