A vibrant Simona Halep stands on the brink of a first grand slam title after defeating the powerful Karolina Pliskova.
Bol Open top seed Johanna Larsson suffered an early exit in Croatia on Thursday.
Both Jelena Ostapenko and Timea Bacsinszky marked their birthdays on Thursday, but it was the Latvian who had extra cause for celebration.
Serena Williams' coach does not see anyone preventing Rafael Nadal from achieving 'La Decima' at Roland Garros.
Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray have won three grand slams apiece and they meet in the French Open semi-final on Friday.
John McEnroe said Novak Djokovic looked like he did not want to be on court at the French Open as his reign came to an end.
Johanna Larsson dropped just five games in a positive start on the clay in Croatia.
Andy Murray was in poor form before the French Open. "I came in playing garbage," said the Briton with a smile after reaching the semis.
A French Open victory over Simona Halep would see Karolina Pliskova start next week on top of the rankings.
World number one Andy Murray was not at his best on Wednesday, but said: "It's a huge step in the right direction for me."