Muguruza thrashes Sharapova to reach semi-finals

"I don't feel I'm favorite for this match, because she's played better than I have this year", Muguruza said of her next match against Halep.

Thwarted: Two-time French Open victor Maria Sharapova after her quarter-final loss.

The former world number one drilled a backhand victor down the line to hold again in the next game, the 28th seed clenching her fist as she walked to the chair.

Garbine Muguruza gave Maria Sharapova no chance in their quarterfinal.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Muguruza awaits her after demolishing Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-1 on Philippe-Chatrier and the pair will now fight it out for Halep's No. 1 ranking. There were no such fireworks this time, though, with Halep sealing a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 victory.

This will be the 10th time Halep and Kerber have faced off with the Romanian edging their head-to-head 5-4.

Serve and return worked much more efficiently while Kerber struggled to maintain the usual range from the baseline Nonetheless, Halep's overall level of play had been in the ascendancy for most of that set's second half - and, continuing to take control from the baseline, she immediately took her first lead of the match with a break in the second set. "Plus the extra tension you have in Roland Garros, things got even worse", she said.

Muguruza had lost all three previous times she faced Sharapova, whose five Grand Slam titles include two at Roland Garros.

"I think it would be odd for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years", said the 31-year-old. She broke again in the eighth game to seal the match. That includes the French Open in 2014 and 2017, and the Australian Open in January.

Muguruza raced to a 4-0 lead and never looked back.

But by the third set Halep had broken the German's defenses - and her resolve - as she banged in 76 percent of her first serves, with only half the unforced errors of her opponent. "I think I've developed a lot as a tennis player". Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, retired with an injury after only two games.

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

"I'm also very realistic, and, you know, looking back at where I started, 40, 50 in the world, I don't know what I'll be after this event".

  • Angelo Rivera