French Open 2018: Garbine Muguruza thrashes Maria Sharapova to reach semi-finals

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Muguruza isn't giving he opponent many chances to breathe, and that's the reason for her quick success in these recent matches. Their French Open quarterfinal on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) was no contest at all, a 6-2 6-1 one-way journey.

After Angelique Kerber's final backhand bounced out of bounds on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Simona Halep turned to her box and pointed to her head.

In full swing: Garbine Muguruza hardly broke a sweat en route to her first victory over Maria Sharpova.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Muguruza awaits her after demolishing Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-1 on Philippe-Chatrier and the pair will now fight it out for Halep's No. 1 ranking.

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.

Muguruza will face Simona Halep or Angelique Kerber in the semifinals.

Halep has only dropped one set en route to the last eight, back at the start of the tournament when she lost the opening set of her first-round clash with American Alison Riske. "Plus the extra tension you have in Roland Garros, things got even worse", she said.

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A Grand Slam win in Paris would bring redemption for Halep, who lost in the 2017 French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko after leading by a set and three games.

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

The signs were ominous when the five-times Grand Slam champion coughed up three nervy double-faults in the opening game. "I'm happy with that", the 24-year-old said.

Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with an injured chest muscle. Muguruza sensed weakness and pounced for a 4-0 lead. Muguruza essentially got that round off, too: Her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, retired with an injury after only two games.

Now third in the WTA leaderboard behind Halep and Caroline Wozniacki, Muguruza will rise above them both to sit atop of the rankings with a win on Thursday. Some of those matches were very defining for me.

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

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