Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Maria Sharapova crashes out after Garbine Muguruza thrashing

Maria Sharapova crashes out after Garbine Muguruza thrashing

For the current number three in the world list, the task was not hard as she certified her victory with partial 6-2 and 6-1 in one hour and ten minutes.

On Court Suzanne Lenglen, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro were level at 5-5 in the opening set of the other last-eight clash.

The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.

But, by the third set, Halep had broken down the German's defences - and her resolve.

By the end of the first set, the five-time Major victor had won just eight points against the Muguruza serve and failed to carve out a single break-point. Still chasing a maiden major trophy, top-ranked Simona Halep takes on 12th-seeded Angelique Kerber.

She's defeated Maria Sharapova in straight sets to advance to a semi-final against top seed Simona Halep.

"Being aggressive is part of my game and when you're facing somebody who also has an aggressive style of game, I think it's about who takes the command, who takes the first opportunity", Muguruza told reporters afterwards.

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.

"Coming into this part of the year, I was losing a few first-round matches, matches that I wanted to be winning", she said.

Sharapova, who writes how Serena issued "guttural sobs" after losing to her in the 2004 Wimbledon final, said: "Well, I think it would be unusual for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years".

"After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all", Halep said. I tried to do too much.

"I changed the tactics a bit and it worked".

The 26-year-old Halep has been in the finals of three major tournaments, including at Roland Garros in 2014 and 2017.

She needed only 70 minutes to eliminate Sharapova and dominated her with superb returning, breaking the former No. 1 a half-dozen times.

However, Halep proved the steadier player in the remainder of a tie which featured a total of 99 unforced errors and 12 breaks of serve.

The 31-year-old had not played for four days after long-time rival Serena Williams pulled out of their last-16 match with a pectoral injury. Sharapova missed 15 months during that span after being suspended by the WTA when she tested positive for Meldonium in 2016.

Rafael Nadal has won 37 completed sets in a row at the French Open heading into his quarterfinal against Diego Schwartzman.

The 11th-seeded Schwartzman has never made it to the final four at any Grand Slam tournament.

Muguruza, by contrast, started with a swagger, a rasping forehand giving her a second break before Sharapova went 4-0 down when she put a tame attempted drop shot into the net. The two players contested an epic three-setter at the Australian Open this year with Halep winning the decider 9-7.

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