Home » Sport

Muguruza thrashes Sharapova to reach semi-finals

08 June, 2018, 04:33 | Author: Carla Brady

Simona Halep reached a third French Open final and retained top spot in the rankings with a commanding straight-sets win over Garbine Muguruza.

A foot injury - and then surgery - had put her career on ice for 10 months and her ranking had nosedived to 323 in the world.

Furthermore, Halep's data on return yesterday was similarly strong, creating 17 break points on the usually strong Kerber serve across 15 return games, and it took a resolute performance by the German to take that first set to a breaker.

Muguruza saved two break points in the next game and looked more assured on serve, but Halep was back on serve at 4-4 courtesy of a stunning forehand victor and an errant backhand from the 2016 champion.

She will meet either US Open champion Sloane Stephens or her fellow American Madison Keys in Saturday's final.

It will be the third time Halep has contested the final at Roland Garros having lost the 2014 final to Maria Sharapova and last year's final to Jelena Ostapenko.

She has bounced back from disappointment after disappointment in the Grand Slam tournaments, where reputations and legacies are made and unmade. Particularly against Stosur and Sharapova, the 24-year-old was terrific and although she disagrees, Muguruza feels like the favourite coming into the semi-finals based on her clinical displays so far. Her wins over Muguruza and Angelique Kerber have taken more than 3.5 hours combined.

"There is no point to be sad about what happened in Rome, because now it doesn't really matter", Muguruza concluded her pre-tournament press conference - and has been tearing up the Parisian clay with steely determination since.




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

French Open 2018 nearly presented the momentous occasion where the bitter rivals - Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova - former World Number ones, were about to clash in the 4th round.

All three were tight, three-set defeats, none more painful than her slow fade against the inexperienced Ostapenko in Paris a year ago, where she led, 6-4, 3-0, with a point to go up, 4-0, before Ostapenko rallied to take the trophy instead.

"I think I played one of my best matches on clay", Halep told reporters after Thursday's win.

Navigating her way through a tricky draw full of former Roland Garros champions such as Svetlana Kuznetsova (first round), Samantha Stosur (third round) and Maria Sharapova (quarter-finals), the 2016 champion has been looking razor-sharp.

Kerber again failed to serve out the set after breaking back for 6-5 as Halep forced a breaker. I just want to go there and try to keep my tactic and keep my positive things every second. "If I do that, I will be OK after the match, no matter the result". Del Potro got back to the semifinals in Paris for the first time since 2009. "And when I got my opportunity at 4-3 to break, I was like, It's go time", Stephens explained. "My head won it", Halep said.

That match was also won, comprehensively, by Stephens for her first grand slam crown.

Recommended:

  • No North Korea relief until verifiable denuclearisation steps: Mattis

    No North Korea relief until verifiable denuclearisation steps: Mattis

    A Syrian nuclear reactor destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in 2007 was believed to be built partly on North Korean designs. The ministers were in Singapore for the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, which brings together global defense officials.

    David Spade on losing sister-in-law Kate Spade

    If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing this pink rose printed dress by the popular brand in October of 2016.
    Karnataka must provide security for Kaala: High Court

    Karnataka must provide security for Kaala: High Court

    As a token of great honour to superstar Rajinikanth and as per everyone's request, our company is granting a holiday on June 7. Earlier today, the Supreme Court refused to impose a ban on the film, stating that fans are eagerly waiting to catch the film.
  • Kate Spade's Family Releases Statement After Tragic Death

    Kate Spade's Family Releases Statement After Tragic Death

    Several admirers like Ivanka Trump highlighted the importance of suicide helplines and seeing the signs of depression. Kate Spade was born Katherine Brosnahan and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. "She was a visionary".
    Kim Jong Un said to replace three aging, top military leaders

    Kim Jong Un said to replace three aging, top military leaders

    Trump did say he "probably" would bring up human rights when he meets with the North Korean leader - "and maybe in great detail". Yonhap reported that Kim Yong Chol had transited Beijing on Monday on his way back to Pyongyang from the United States.
    At least 6 dead after volcano erupts in Guatemala

    At least 6 dead after volcano erupts in Guatemala

    Mr Garcia said only 13 of those bodies have so far been identified and the death toll was expected to rise. Hilda Lopez said the volcanic mud flowed into her village of San Miguel Los Lotes , close to the mountain.
  • Should Donald Trump be allowed to pardon himself?

    Should Donald Trump be allowed to pardon himself?

    Attorney Preet Bharara also told State of the Union it would be "outrageous" for Trump to pardon himself. This is not the first time the issue of the president's ability to pardon himself has come up.
    Memo shows lawyers' inconsistencies on Trump Tower meeting

    Memo shows lawyers' inconsistencies on Trump Tower meeting

    Giuliani told NBC's "Meet the Press": "Pardoning himself would be unthinkable and probably lead to immediate impeachment". Last year he pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio , convicted of criminal contempt.
    England beat Nigeria in World Cup warm-up

    England beat Nigeria in World Cup warm-up

    In the end, neither side could carve out another clear-cut opening as the clash ended 2-1 in favour of England . Southgate said he hadn't clear seen the incident so he didn't want to publicly reprimand Sterling.
  • Grab all 16 macOS Mojave dynamic wallpapers right here

    Grab all 16 macOS Mojave dynamic wallpapers right here

    Speaking of the iOS , this time there is going to be one feature which is going to steal the show - the digital health dashboard. For that reason, Apple had guidelines that would prevent these sorts of apps from appearing on the App Store in the first place.
    Argentina cancels Israel World Cup friendly in Jerusalem, Palestinians joyful

    Argentina cancels Israel World Cup friendly in Jerusalem, Palestinians joyful

    Mr Rajoub called a news conference for Wednesday in Ramallah, which he will hold outside the Argentinian representative's office. Lionel Messi does not need to win a World Cup to be classed as one of football's greatest players, according to Gaizka Mendieta.
    Pompeo, N. Korean official open summit prep talks

    Pompeo, N. Korean official open summit prep talks

    Both countries have faced global isolation - North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme and Syria over its civil war. Kim said she was there in April, talking with people about the conversation happening between these two world powers.


Popular

Nadal's Roland Garros set streak ended by Schwartzman
The following year, Nadal won a pair of straight-set matches before withdrawing with an injured tendon in his left wrist. Prior to the delay Nadal was not playing his best tennis, and was struggling to find his usual clay court rhythm.

SpaceX delays plans to send tourists around Moon
The Falcon 9 rocket soared off Launch Complex 40 at 12:45 a.m.; the launch was delayed 16 minutes because of gusty winds. Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite.

Breast cancer treatment: More women may avoid chemotherapy thanks to breakthrough research
The researchers reported that for women younger than 50, results were similar to those of patients who had scores of 15 or lower. The success of this case has raised hopes that the therapy could also be used to treat advanced ovarian and prostate cancers.

Apple Aims To Help Parents Crack Down On Kids' iPhone Use
Parents will be able to set limits for time their children set in apps, and get detailed reports regarding which apps are used. The great news is all devices now able to run iOS 11 can update to the new software, even if you're using 2013's iPhone 5s.

Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub could be announced as soon as Monday (MSFT)
GitHub, a San Francisco startup, was founded in 2008 and has grown sharply since announcing its first outside investment in 2012. GitHub is now without a CEO, after a restructuring aimed at monetizing the site.

Lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight in Hawaii
Snyder said it was hard to count homes in that area from the air because of steam produced from lava entering the ocean. The area is primarily home to vacation rentals, but there are a lot of permanent residences there too.

Russia, Israel Agree To Limit Iran's Presence In South Syria
McKenzie said the U.S. troops and their local militia allies were staying in Tanf, quashing rumors of their impending withdrawal. More strikes by United States ally Israel have further raised fears that the devastating seven-year war could still escalate.

Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are officially over
Apparently Sofia - whose sister is Nicole Richie - learned about the Miami cheating incident, "after their trip to St. A source told People that " Sofia broke up with Scott ", because of " old issues ".

Why Are There Restrictions for Melania Trump's Latest Appearance?
The first lady has not been seen in public since May 19, when she returned to the White House after undergoing a kidney procedure. The riff was playful, but a bit awkward considering the event was to honor Gold Star families , who have lost loved ones at war.

Now there's a Lego Technics Bugatti Chiron!
In order to make the model as accurate as you'd expect from a Lego Technic branded kit, the Bugatti Chiron boasts 3,599 pieces. And why wouldn't it be, considering the subject is the halo auto of halo cars, the Bugatti Chiron .