"I think I played a really good match. I was very aggressive. I knew from last year I had to change something, so I really wanted to be better than last year and definitely, I was today," said the world No. 2.
Next up for Halep is another 19-year-old youngster, Iga Swiatek of Poland, whom Halep defeated in the round of 16 here last year.
Clinching a victory in his 100th match at Roland Garros, the record 12-time champion secured a place in the last four for 13th time in the clay major, ending an impressive run from Sinner who had upset 11th seed David Goffin and 6th seed Alexander Zverev in his previous matches.
In the men's 1,500m race, world leader Cheruiyot fought off compatriot Kumari Taki in a fierce home straight brawl to take the win in three minutes and 34.31 seconds in front of 2000 spectators that were allowed the entry under COVID-19 control protocols.
"I think it was played out at a few points really. These are a few points that rocked the game. I did not know how to seize the opportunities that I had mainly in the first but also in the second set. This is what made the difference today," Burel commented on her performance in brief.
Zhao Xuetong nailed 19 points for Sichuan. Gao Song and Hu Yueming each scored 17 points. Shao had 11.
Former champion and No. 16 seed Stan Wawrinka was the biggest star who saw his run at this year's Roland Garros end on Friday. The Swiss star was turfed out by French wildcard and world No. 239 Hugo Gaston 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 in a five-set battle lasting over three hours.
The Iranian giant advanced to the ACL final with a 5-3 win on penalties against Al Nassr after the West Zone semifinal ended 1-1 in 120 minutes at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Saturday.
Shanxi and Henan played out a close game, although Shanxi ultimately won 76-70. Shanxi led the game by 9 points after the first half, but Henan did very well to surpass Shanxi in the third quarter.
Although Saint-Maximin limped off with 18 minutes to go Wilson then scored a penalty to make it 3-1 and ensure Burnley are still looking for their first point of the season. Enditem
"We mainly worked on guarding their three-pointers, also doing well on 3-pointers and rebounds on our own," Dongguan coach Lin Yaosen commented.