Muguruza thrashes Sharapova to reach semi-finals

Muguruza thrashes Sharapova to reach semi-finals

World No. 1 Simona Halep won a bruising quarterfinal battle against Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to book a place against Garbine Muguruza in the French Open semis.

Simona Halep went from out-of-sorts to on-target against Angelique Kerber, scrambling to every ball and staying the course to erase an early deficit. "Not long after I heard Serena told a friend, who then told me, 'I'll never lose to that little b***h again". "I think I've developed a lot as a tennis player".

This was when the Halep could have gone into a shell, but as she has so often shown in both wins and losses, she will fight it out till the decider, keep running till someone is out of gas.

While Halep has yet to get her hands on a Grand Slam title, Muguruza has two to her name and she triumphed at Roland Garros in 2016.

Former number one Muguruza takes on current incumbent Halep on Thursday with the victor to be assured of the top ranking as well as a place in the Roland Garros final.

"She was better than me today", Kasatkina said.

However, this is usually the point in grand slams where Halep falls apart, so it's going to be interesting if the Romanian can finally close the deal on the big stage and put herself in elite company. Sharapova had 27 unforced errors and had her serve broken six times.

I can only conclude that the market has grossly over-reacted to seeing Muguruza's beating of Sharapova yesterday afternoon, and made her a false favourite for this clash - Halep at [2.10] is today's recommendation. Kerber won the sixth of the nine played this year to move even nearer to her maiden Roland Garros semifinal. First, at Court Suzanne Lenglen, the 13th-seeded Keys remained focused during a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over 98th-ranked Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, never wavering when she fell behind in the opening set or when her volatile opponent could have become a distraction.




Nadal lost the opener 6-4 against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman but began to play better after a rain delay of just under an hour.

"But it's also not being dumb", she said with a laugh.

She is one of two semi-finalists - alongside Garbine Muguruza - who are yet to drop a set this fortnight in Paris. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, retired with an injury after only two games.

"I missed a lot in the beginning".

"I don't think you have to be mean in order to win matches". Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, was world number one for four weeks from September 11 to October 8 previous year.

One could not tell on Monday, however, as she kept misfiring against two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber.

It is the first time that two American women have reached the last four at Roland Garros since 2002, when Serena Williams beat sister Venus in the final, after a semi-final win over Jennifer Capriati.

But this gesture towards her coach Darren Cahill was more than a celebratory pose, it was a sign that this was 'the new Simo'.

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