Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Sharapova dumped out by clinical Muguruza

Sharapova dumped out by clinical Muguruza

Welcome all. World No 1 Simona Halep will be taking on 12th seed Angelique Kerber on Suzanne Lenglen in the quarter-finals of the French Open later this lunchtime, bidding to reach the last four in Paris for a third time.

Halep is still chasing her first Grand Slam title after several near-misses.

Two women who have won the title at Roland Garros, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza, play each other in the quarterfinals. She made decent inroads in the tournament that turned her away a year ago but clearly viewed it as incremental progress after a flat, straight-sets loss to Spain's ascendant Garbine Muguruza.

Simona Halep is coming off a three sets win over Angelique Kerber that took 30 games to decide.

Halep secured an early break in the second and did not relinquish it despite some fierce pressure from the two-times major victor Kerber, with one remarkable shot at the net even prompting applause from the German. "When I'm talking about progression or looking back at the weeks, I think there are a lot of good things, like the way my body has handled the long matches that I have played, the back-to-backs. I think I've developed a lot as a tennis player". Off the baseline, Stephens will bait Keys to go for too much, using her speed and counter-punching ability to shrink the court. "I changed the tactics a bit and it worked".

Halep was my pick to win the French Open, and I truly hope she finally gets the money off her back. 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. Sharapova had 27 unforced errors and had her serve broken six times.

Spain´s Garbine Muguruza (R) is congratulated by Russia´s Maria Sharapova after winning, at the end of their women´s singles quarter-final match on day eleven of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open on June 6, 2018.

The signs were ominous when the five-times Grand Slam champion coughed up three nervy double-faults in the opening game. She went on to commit only 16 errors over the course of the next two, which was the difference in getting the win. "If I do that, I will be okay after the match, no matter the result". Ironically, perhaps, the only one missing is the Slam everyone expects her to someday win: Wimbledon.

Williams withdrew shortly before the match with a pectoral muscle injury, a moment Sharapova said she found briefly startling but not destabilizing. Muguruza, who is 3-1 against the No. 1-seeded Halep in her career, has never squared off with her in a Grand Slam.

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