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Sunday / May 26.
  • (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep rallied past Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to reach the French Open semifinals.

    On Thursday, Halep will face No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, who blitzed No. 28 Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 6-1, in a matchup of past French Open champions.

    The second semifinal is an all-American battle between reigning US Open champ Sloane Stephens and US Open runner-up Madison Keys. 

    Halep went all out in the first set but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors. She reacted well to limit her mistakes while staying aggressive on her German opponent’s service games.

    “After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all,” said Halep. “I missed a lot at the beginning of the match. I tried to do too much. Then I changed a little bit of tactics and it worked.”


    Nico Mannion, the 6-foot-3 point guard from Pinnacle (AZ) High School, named his top ten schools on Monday via Twitter. Kansas, Duke, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Villanova, Marquette, USC, UCLA, and Vanderbilt were the schools to make the cut.

    Mannion told ZAGSBLOG in April that he was planning on reclassifying to the Class of 2019.

    “I’m actually thinking about reclassing to 2019,” said Mannion. “I’m going to take college credits this summer so I have the option if I want to.”

    According to 247Sports, Mannion is ranked as the No. 23 overall player in the Class of 2020 and the No. 2 player from the state of Arizona.

    “I don’t know if I want to play my senior year in Arizona, it might get boring,” he said of attending Pinnacle High there. “If I’m ready after my junior year, there’s no reason to stay in high school.”

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