Muguruza condemns Sharapova to Slam’s worst defeat in six years –

Muguruza condemns Sharapova to Slam’s worst defeat in six years

Paris (AFP) – Garbine Muguruza defeated Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 to reach the semifinals of the French Open on Wednesday, condemning the Russian to her worst defeat in a Grand Slam in more than six years .

The third Spanish favorite, who was champion in Paris in 2016, will face first-seeded Simona Halep or two-time main winner Angelique Kerber for a place in Saturday's final.

Sharapova, playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, suffered her most unilateral defeat in the Slams since a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Victoria Azarenka in the final of the 2012 Australian Open.

" I'm very happy to be in another final in Paris, "said Muguruza. who has not yet lost a set in the tournament.

"I was facing a great player, so I made sure to bring my best tennis."

Sharapova, who missed the 2016 tournament because of a doping ban and last year after being denied a wild card, broke six times, committed 27 unforced errors and won only five points in his own service in the second set.

It was only his fifth defeat in 25 Grand Slam quarterfinals.

Muguruza pounced on a start of Sharapova full of errors to lead 4-0 with a double break. [19659009] Sharapova never recovered from three double fouls in the first game.

At the end of the first set, the five-time main winner had won only eight points against Muguruza's service and could not forge a single break point.

Muguruza only hit five winners in the first match, which was more than enough against the erratic Russian who made it to the quarterfinals for the first time in three years when old rival Serena Williams gave him a forced thud.

Sharapova, 31, broke up in the first game of the second set, which she recovered immediately.

However, it was only a brief respite, as Muguruza, 24-year-old Wimbledon champion, claimed a quick double for 4-1, backed by a 5-1 winery.

It all ended in the following week, when Sharapova sent another setback.

In the other semifinal on Thursday, the champion of the US Open. UU Sloane Stephens will face American compatriot Madison Keys in a replay of the 2017 finale at Flushing Meadows.

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