4 Jun 2014

French Open 2014: Maria Sharapova beats Garbine Muguruza (Photo)

Maria Sharapova succeeded where Serena Williams failed in quelling the fire of Garbine Muguruza to reach the semi-finals of the French Open for a fourth straight year.
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Russia's Maria Sharapova (R) shakes hands with Spain's Garbine Muguruza at the end of their French tennis Open quarter final match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

Twenty-year-old Spaniard Muguruza caused the biggest upset of an unpredictable tournament in the second round with a stunning 6-2 6-2 win over defending champion Williams.
For a long time on Tuesday it looked like she would achieve a feat never before seen at a grand slam by beating both Williams and Sharapova at the same tournament.
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Maria Sharapova reacts after a point against Garbine Muguruza.

But Sharapova’s competitive instincts kept her in the match and she took her chance as the youngster faded to win 1-6 7-5 6-1.
The Russian - the champion in 2012 and runner-up last year - started nervously with a double fault and quickly found herself 4-0 down.
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Garbine Muguruza reacts after a point against Maria Sharapova.

Muguruza appeared nerveless in her first slam quarter-final and was trading power and shrieks with Sharapova, and after 27 minutes she had the first set.
It looked like Sharapova had turned the match around when she broke serve for 2-1 in the second but, after missing a chance to lead 4-1, two double faults helped Muguruza back to 3-3.
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Maria Sharapova serves to Garbine Muguruza during their French tennis Open quarter final match.

At 5-4, the Spaniard was a game away from the semi-finals, but Sharapova made sure her opponent did not have a sniff before breaking for 6-5 and clinching the set on her third chance.
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Garbine Muguruza serves to Maria Sharapova during their French tennis Open quarter final match.

Sharapova had done an excellent job of slowing Muguruza down, although she was less than impressed to be given a time violation in the second game of the decider.
She moved ahead for the first time in the match at 2-1, and the key game was the next one as the seventh seed saved four break points. (Daily Mail)
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Garbine Muguruza (C) waits for a service by Russia's Maria Sharapova.

(AFP Photo)

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