Sharapova beats Muguruza to set up French Open SF against Bouchard

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Maria Sharapova

 

Although only seeded 7th, Maria Sharapova was always a pick for the title at this year’s French Open and after Serena Williams’ early exit, her chances looked even better. She lost just 3 games in her first round, won in straights in her second round and scored a double bagel in her third round. Her battle for the title really began in the fourth round when she dropped the first set against San Stosur 6-3, but she fought as only she can to bulldoze through the second half of the second set and took the decider to love. She met rising Spanish star Garbine Muguruza in the quarters on Tuesday afternoon. Muguruza demolished Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in the second round after struggling a little to beat a qualifier 7-5 7-6 (8-6) in the first round. She then cruised though her next two rounds for the loss of six games a match. She was cool, calm and collected when taking on Sharapova and played an almost perfect first set, taking it 6-1 as the Russian struggled with her serve and her timing of the ball. The Spaniard started well in the second set, but Sharapova yet again managed to turn things around by her renowned force of will and took the second set 7-5, before cruising to a 6-1 decider.

Like Muguruza, Eugenie Bouchard is only 20 and another of the new generation of WTA stars. Seeded 18, she lost just two games in her round, then dropped the middle set in her second round. She won her third round in straights and easily took out 8th seed Angelique Kerber 6-1 6-2 in the fourth. Her opponent in the quarters, 14th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, took her first round in straights, also dropped the second set in the second round and then took her next two matches in straights. On top form on clay this season, Suarez Navarro proved to be a difficult opponent for Bouchard in the quarters with her amazing backhand and all court play, but the Canadian’s power and accuracy won out in the end after an hour long first set which she won on a breaker. Lost the second 2-6 and held firm in the decider to take it 7-5 after two hours and twenty two minutes on court.

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