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Sharapova hits back at Serena

07 June, 2018, 14:40 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her quarter-final match against Spain's Garbine Muguruza at the 2018 French Open in Paris June 6, 2018. Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, was world number one for four weeks from September 11 to October 8 previous year.

The Romanian broke at the start of the second set and then held for 6-3 as Kerber dropped her serve again in the ninth game.

"Before, I gave it a lot of importance so that's why you're fighting every week, and I got there".

"I don't feel I'm favorite for this match, because she's played better than I have this year", Muguruza said of her next match against Halep.

In Thursday's other semi-final, US Open champion Sloane Stephens will take on fellow American and close friend Madison Keys who she beat 6-3, 6-0 in the final in NY last September.

Muguruza, who is 3-1 against the No. 1-seeded Halep in her career, has never squared off with her in a Grand Slam.

Nadal was broken three times and lost the opening set of his quarterfinal Wednesday against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina by a score of 6-4.

That might very well have been a relief to 10-time champion Rafael Nadal, who was not at his best and dropped a French Open set for the first time since 2015.

But to keep the drama going, Halep's error-strewn version showed up briefly and she surrendered the first set rather tamely.

After making 30 unforced errors in the first set, which she lost 7-6 (2), Halep finally found the right rhythm to dictate points with deep groundstrokes and aggressive returns.

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"I have no expectations, no pressure", said Halep after seeing off German 12th seed Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

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.

One could not tell on Monday, however, as she kept misfiring against two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber.

On the match Sharapova admitted that Muguruza was superior: 'I think she did a lot of things better than I did.

On Wednesday, Halep looked anything but the top seed, slipping 4-0 down in the first set before she rallied to defeat Kerber, a two-time major victor who had exited in the first round in Paris in the last two years. I just went and searched for her in the training room.

Keys appears to have made more progress in her clay game than any of her semifinal peers, perhaps because she's had the most room to grow. After losing that set, when I came back, it was a little bit tough, but I stayed there. Muguruza sensed weakness and pounced for a 4-0 lead.

Here's another key category in which Muguruza has the upper hand: 2-0 in major championships.

The two former Paris champions had not been inconvenienced by too much tennis over the past few days - Serena Williams pulled out of her clash with Sharapova while Muguruza's opponent Lesia Tsurenko lasted just two games before retiring hurt.

"I think I did a good performance today, a very serious, solid match".

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