It's all true: Sharapova hits back at Serena claim

It's all true: Sharapova hits back at Serena claim

It's all true: Sharapova hits back at Serena claim

She led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros.

Muguruza made light work of Sharapova as she utterly dominated their quarter-final.

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.

The German lost her first set of the tournament in the second set after Halep broke her serve in the opening game, and the Romanian surged clear in the deciding set.

Service breaks were exchanged at the start of the second set but Muguruza is a far steelier player than four years ago and Sharapova did not get a sniff in the next five games as the Spaniard reached her fourth Grand Slam semi-final.

1 Simona Halep won a bruising quarterfinal battle against Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to book a match against Garbine Muguruza in the French Open semis.

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.


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

Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with a pectoral injury. She went on to commit only 16 errors over the course of the next two, which was the difference in getting the win.

Muguruza will face Simona Halep or Angelique Kerber in the semifinals. That might very well have been a relief to 10-time champion Rafael Nadal, who was not at his best on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) and dropped a French Open set for the first time since 2015. The record for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament was Bjorn Borg's 41-set winning streak from 1978-81.

Two past U.S. Open champions meet in the other men's quarterfinal: No. 3 Marin Cilic against No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro.

In full swing: Garbine Muguruza hardly broke a sweat en route to her first victory over Maria Sharpova. That includes the French Open in 2014 and 2017, and the Australian Open in January. Halep saved two match points to win that one.

She has acknowledged having trouble handling her nerves, which is part of why she was so proud about the way she overcame Kerber, a two-time major champion and former No 1.

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