Sharapova dumped out by clinical Muguruza

07 June, 2018, 05:24 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Top seed and world number one Simona Halep defeated Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-2 to reach her third French Open semi-final on Wednesday.

Muguruza had lost all three previous times she faced Sharapova, whose five Grand Slam titles include two at Roland Garros.

Halep is aware she can not afford another poor start on Thursday against 24-year-old Muguruza who has been tested just once in Paris and that was in the first round where fellow former victor Svetlana Kuznetsova pushed her to a tiebreak in the first set.

"I am very pleased to be in another final in Paris", said Muguruza who has yet to drop a set in the tournament and claimed her first win over Sharapova in 4 meetings.

Against Kerber, Halep stumbled out of the gate, dropping the first set in a tiebreaker. While Sharapova wasn't prominent in the conversation to add a third title to her résumé, she looked as if she belonged in the second week, which ended with rising commotion around a scheduled fourth-round clash against arch-nemesis Serena Williams.

'And I think we played many matches. 'I think there is a lot of autobiographies out in the world, especially in the sporting world, that don't necessarily speak about whether they were rivals or someone they competed against. I tried to do too much. "I think that's a load of crap, but, you know, it's just me".

The Romanian broke at the start of the second set and then held for 6-3 as Kerber dropped her serve again in the ninth game.

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Rafael Nadal has won 37 completed sets in a row at the French Open heading into his quarterfinal against Diego Schwartzman. Sharapova was the French Open champion in 2012 and 2014; Muguruza took the trophy in 2016.

A Grand Slam win in Paris would bring redemption for Halep, who lost in the 2017 French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko after leading by a set and three games.

Sharapova was due to meet the 23-time Grand Slam champion on Monday in the fourth round, but her opponent pulled out with an arm injury. She went on to commit only 16 errors over the course of the next two, which was the difference in getting the win.

"I don't think you have to be mean in order to win matches".

The 2012 and 2014 Paris champion, who missed the 2016 tournament because of a doping ban and past year when she was refused a wild card, was broken six times, committed 27 unforced errors and won just five points on her own serve in the second set. The record for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament was Bjorn Borg's 41-set winning streak from 1978-81.

She missed several chances to go 4-1 ahead but she remained able to built the points more convincingly.

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