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Muguruza thrashes Sharapova to reach French Open semi-finals

07 June, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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"I just didn't feel free, and I felt there was a lot of force behind all the shots and that it wasn't coming natural to me - didn't have the rhythm", Sharapova told reporters.

Muguruza is yet to drop a set in the tournament but she is expecting a tougher test against last year's runner-up Halep on Thursday. "But today was certainly not one of those steps".

An hour and 10 minutes later the 31-year-old was walking off after her worst French Open spanking since she managed only two games against Dominika Cibulkova at the same stage in 2009.

But the Romanian clawed her way back into the contest, winning three straight games as both players struggled to hold on to their serves in a monster opening set that swung one way and then the next.

But by the third set Halep had broken down the German's defenses - and her resolve.


"I think it would be unusual for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years", said the 31-year-old.

The abrupt walkover leapfrogged Sharapova onto center court against Muguruza, who became a double Grand Slam event champion (2016 French Open, 2017 Wimbledon) during Sharapova's absence.

Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with an injured chest muscle. "Well, she's number one", she said.

Garcia has been tipped as a potential Grand Slam victor since she burst into the limelight in 2011 as a wild card and led former world number one Maria Sharapova 6-3 4-1 in the second round. "She had a lot more depth in the ball". Some of those matches were very defining for me. However, if you're picking this match based on the current form, you can't pick against Muguruza.

Sharapova might prefer to be described as a veteran rather than an antique, but the analytics that matter to her have nothing to do with birthday candles at this point. Muguruza isn't giving he opponent many chances to breathe, and that's the reason for her quick success in these recent matches. Watching her ranking rise is "somewhat of a reward for the efforts, whether they are small or large", she said. You have to appreciate that. Let's say once again I exit a Grand Slam disappointed and frustrated, because I know I could do better.

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