Muguruza thrashes Sharapova to reach French Open semi-finals

Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza

Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza thrashed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 to reach the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday, June 6, condemning the Russian to her worst Grand Slam defeat in more than 6 years.

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.

She improved in the second set, breaking early on only to be pegged back at 4-4 before Halep held a marathon ninth game and broke for a 6-1 6-4 win.

Suffice to say that the 26-year old would be well advised to click into gear properly from the start in the semi-finals because Muguruza has been looking in fantastic shape throughout the entire fortnight in Paris - even if her results leading up to Paris, such as her first-round loss to Daria Gavrilova in Rome, haven't been confidence inspiring.

The top seed will face Sloane Stephens or Madison Keys in the final as she eyes an elusive first major in Paris.

In short, the market has been convinced that Halep is the better player throughout this event, but yet has ditched her for this particular match-up, and it's hard to understand why.

The pair played at the French Open back in 2014, where Halep won en route to her first Grand Slam final.

In short, this is proper, pressure second-week of a grand slam tennis.

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Twice the runner-up in Paris, top-ranked Simona Halep will have another shot in the French Open final. She's a great player. Her wins over Muguruza and Angelique Kerber have taken more than 3.5 hours combined.

She improved to 3-0 against her longtime pal and Fed Cup teammate Keys, including their U.S. Open final last September.

She also was coming off a lopsided victory in the quarterfinals a day earlier, overwhelming five-time major champion Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1.

A sweeping, running forehand into an open court gave her the set with Muguruza having managed just two winners. I tried to do too much. Del Potro got back to the semifinals in Paris for the first time since 2009. Now I just have to go find her, because I need to tell her some juicy stuff.

Backed by fans who loudly chanted her first name between games, Halep went ahead 3-0 in only 15 minutes with the help of only one victor.

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.

"Just one of those days where I think she played incredibly well".

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