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

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

Garbine Muguruza roared into the French Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-1 demolition job of Maria Sharapova on Wednesday. There were no such fireworks this time, though, with Halep sealing a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 victory. "Not long after I heard Serena told a friend, who then told me, 'I'll never lose to that little b***h again". I think everything will be normal.

"After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all", said Halep, who is still chasing a maiden grand slam. The victor earns a berth in the final at Roland Garros - plus the No 1 ranking that now belongs to Halep. She hurried up her strokes and easily Halep sealed the eight win in as many matches against a lefty opponent and against a top 20 player this season.

Sharapova was sloppy throughout the day, totaling six double-faults to one ace and 27 unforced errors with just 10 winners.

"When you're writing an autobiography, I don't think there is any reason to write anything that's not true", said Sharapova.

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.

The 28th seed clenched her fist after a hold to love got her on the board, but the aggressive Muguruza was celebrating after one of many vicious groundstrokes put her a set up. The 30-year-old left-hander has not yet dropped a set with her sterner test coming in the third round against 18th seed Kiki Bertens, where she needed two tie-breaks to win through.

Nadal lost the opener 6-4 against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman but began to play better after a rain delay of just under an hour.

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It was not enough, however, as Wimbledon champion Muguruza bulldozed her way through the rest of the set to secure her place in the semi-finals.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza thrashed Maria Sharapova to reach the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday as a second top-of-the-bill showdown in three days failed to materialse at Roland Garros.

And sure enough, we have seen a more tenacious Halep at play over the a year ago, despite the glaring hole of two Grand Slam runner-up trophies in the space of eight months.

"It's not that important, because it's constantly this thing going on", said Muguruza. "I missed a lot at the beginning of the match".

The American pair have contrasting styles, with Stephens' game based on her athleticism and ability to get many balls back, while also turning defence into offence fairly quickly.

Sharapova looked the more rusty of the two players, with two limp service games handing Muguruza an immediate 4-0 lead and consequently the first set. Halep is 3-2 in career grand slam semifinal matches. She is 48-2 in majors after winning the opening set.

Such impressive data from this match has led to Muguruza being chalked up as a [1.89] favourite over Halep, and I want to discuss why I think this is an utterly freakish line.

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