Muguruza Brushes Off Sharapova To Reach French Open Semi-final

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Garbi–e Muguruza, the 2017 Wimbledon women's champion, celebrates win against Kayla Day in the second set of their Bank of the West Tennis Tournament match at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the Stanford University campus, on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)

Garbine Muguruza annihilated the former world number one Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the French Open semi-finals. It was all over in just over an hour and was the 31-year-old Russian’s worst defeat at a Grand Slam tournament for six years.

Muguruza, who won the title in 2016, will play top seed Simona Halep for a place in Saturday’s final. The semi-final will have added stakes as the winner will become the women’s world number one.

“I am very pleased to be in another semi-final in Paris,” said Muguruza who has yet to drop a set in the tournament and claimed her first win over Sharapova in four meetings.

“I was up against a great player so I had make sure I brought my best tennis.”

Halep made the semi-finals for the third time by coming from behind to see of the 12th seed Angelique Kerber. The German former world number one took the first set 7-6 but the Romanian did not falter. She won the second set 6-3 and ran away with the decider 6-2.

While that match lasted two hours and 14 minutes, Sharapova was on her way home after 70 minutes. It was her most one-sided defeat at the Grand Slam tournaments since a 6-3 6-0 loss to Victoria Azarenka in the 2012 Australian Open final.

Muguruza pounced on Sharapova’s errors to lead 4-0. By the end of the first set, Sharapova had won just eight points against the Muguruza serve and failed to carve out a single break point.

The pair exchanged breaks at the start of the second set but from 1-1 it was one way traffic.

“The last time we played was a very long time ago, and a lot of things happened in between that.So I feel like I am a more developed player. And I am very motivated out there too – it was a Grand Slam quarter-final.”

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