Relaxed Halep not feeling French Open pressure
Simona Halep says she will approach the French Open semi-final against Garbine Muguruza with no pressure or expectation on her shoulders despite so much being at stake.
The world number one came from a set down on Wednesday to beat Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-2 and reach the last four at Roland Garros.
Halep, runner-up for the second time in Paris last year, will head into the showdown on Court Philippe Chatrier on Thursday knowing a victory will also prevent Muguruza from replacing her at the top of the rankings.
The top seed claimed she is relaxed as she eyes an elusive first grand slam title.
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She said: "I have no pressure. I played well in this tournament, every match was better and better.
"I had tough opponents, tomorrow I face another one. So I have also no expectations, no pressure. I just want to play as I did today, and as I did every day. If I do that, I will be okay after the match, no matter the result."
Two-time major winner Muguruza hammered Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-1 in a one-sided quarter-final and has not dropped a set en route to the last four, so Halep knows she will have to work hard to stay in the hunt to lift the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen.
The Romanian added: "She's playing fast with everyone. So doesn't care who she is playing against, she plays her game.
"So I have just to stay strong, to try to make her uncomfortable on court, and to try to play my game. She's a great player, she was in this position and she won this tournament.
"So tomorrow is going to be a big challenge for me."