Garbiñe Muguruza sends Maria Sharapova crashing out of French Open
07 June, 2018, 05:25 | Author: Candice Daniels
An imperious Muguruza made only 15 unforced errors to Sharapova's 27 and broke six times to set up a showdown with Simona Halep, knowing a victory would put her on top of the world rankings.
Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title.
Service breaks were exchanged at the start of the second set but Muguruza is a far steelier player than four years ago and Sharapova did not get a sniff in the next five games as the Spaniard reached her fourth Grand Slam semi-final.
Two-time major victor Kerber raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set before having to rely on a tiebreak to nudge her ahead.
Halep secured an early break in the second and did not relinquish it despite some fierce pressure from the two-times major victor Kerber, with one remarkable shot at the net even prompting applause from the German. Muguruza isn't giving he opponent many chances to breathe, and that's the reason for her quick success in these recent matches.
Two-time finalist Halep remained on course for her first Roland Garros title by beating the German 12th seed. "So I think that's why I won today", Halep said. I tried to do too much. But, I mean, I think she made everyone wait a little bit'. Halep pointed her right index finger at her temple when she eventually completed a 6-7 (2) 6-3 6-2 comeback to reach the semifinals, too.
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Sharapova, who missed the 2016 tournament because of a doping ban and previous year after she was refused a wild card, was broken 6 times, committed 27 unforced errors and won just 5 points on her own serve in the second set.
Sharapova was hardly at her best right from the start, double-faulting three times to get broken in the opening game. Sharapova was the French Open champion in 2012 and 2014; Muguruza took the trophy in 2016. In 2016, Nadal won two straight-set matches, then withdrew before the third round because of an injured left wrist. I didn't manage to find the rhythm, to be focused on my match. "She had a lot more depth in the ball".
It ranked among one of the most lopsided losses ever suffered by Sharapova in her Grand Slam career.
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