Muguruza embarrasses Sharapova with a thumping win

Muguruza embarrasses Sharapova with a thumping win

Simona Halep fought back from a set down against two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber to book her spot in the semi-finals of the French Open and set up a shootout with Garbine Muguruza for the world No. 1 spot. And the last time they faced off, Stephens won 6-3, 6-0 over her rattled younger opponent to win the US Open.

After Angelique Kerber's final backhand bounced out of bounds on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Simona Halep turned to her box and pointed to her head.

"I mean, it's not that important, because it's constantly this thing going on, you know. since previous year", she said after a crushing 6-2, 6-1 last-eight victory over Maria Sharapova in Paris. The victor earns a berth in the final at Roland Garros, plus the number one ranking that now belongs to Halep.

Muguruza was punishing the former world No 1's second serve and broke again at the start of the second set, and although this time Sharapova hit straight back. "I think that's a load of crap, but, you know, it's just me".

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.

Garbine Muguruza's big strokes overwhelmed Maria Sharapova right from the start.

Schwartzman did the unthinkable by claiming it 6-4, as the 10-time French champion dropped a set at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015.


But he was 5-3 and 30-15 to the good when rain sent the players off for good.

Halep, who has lost all three of her Grand Slam finals - including the Australian Open, to Caroline Wozniacki, in January - arrived in Paris on a hot streak, reaching at least the quarter-finals in her last nine claycourt tournaments and losing only one set on her way to facing Kerber in Paris. Halep is 3-2 in career grand slam semifinal matches.

The only hope for the Russian was that her 2014 French Open quarter-final defeat of Muguruza, when she also got steamrollered in the first set before coming back, might play on her opponent's mind.

"I was up against a great player so I had make sure I brought my best tennis". "If I do that, I will be okay after the match, no matter the result".

"No expectations, no pressure", Halep said as she looked ahead to the semifinals, perhaps trying to persuade herself as much as anyone.

Over the last two sets, Halep made 16 unforced errors, half as many as Kerber, who was treated for a blister on her left foot early in the third.

"I just want to play as I did today, and as I did every day".

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