Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Three thoughts on the womens' semis at Roland Garros

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova is a value underdog against Garbine Muguruza today
Lucia Summers | 08 June, 2018, 07:20

World number one Simona Halep has another chance to finally land her first Grand Slam title after beating Garbine Muguruza in the French Open semi-finals.

Halep, who assured herself of retaining the No. 1 ranking with the victory, earned a fourth chance to win her first major title.

Sloane Stephens beat compatriot and friend Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 to become the first American woman other than Venus or Serena Williams to reach the French Open final since Jennifer Capriati in 2001.

Muguruza had lost all three previous times she faced Sharapova, whose five grand slam titles include two at Roland Garros. After sitting out almost a year because of an injured right foot that needed surgery in January 2017, she has soared up the rankings and now made it to her second major final in the past ninth months.

After suffering a heavy defeat against Garbine Muguruza in the French Open quarter-finals, Maria Sharapova has hit back at Serena Williams's accusations that the Russian's autobiography was "100 per cent hearsay", insisting contentious references to her arch-rival are accurate. Halep has won her last four matches against Stephens - two last summer at the Citi Open and Western & Southern Open.

However, it was just a brief respite as 24-year-old Wimbledon champion Muguruza claimed a quick double break for 4-1, backed up by a hold for 5-1.

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. I think I have to put a lot of things in perspective for the last, what, four, five weeks since the clay season. Now I just have to go find her, because I need to tell her some juicy stuff. It's just how it's happened for me", Stephens said, "I think once I get going in a tournament, I'm pretty consistent, which is good.

Prediction: Keys has come a long way, but the game on clay is second nature to Stephens.

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"I have just to stay strong, to try to make her uncomfortable on court and to try to play my game", Halep said. It would be very unusual, I think, if I didn't write anything about her.

Halep is aware she can not afford another poor start on Thursday against 24-year-old Muguruza who has been tested just once in Paris and that was in the first round where fellow former victor Svetlana Kuznetsova pushed her to a tiebreak in the first set.

With the momentum back on her side, the Romanian broke to love to secure victory in 92 minutes and return to her second straight final in Paris.

"It's really tough to get any ball by her, but especially today, she was neutralizing so well".

"I played again one of my best matches on clay", Halep said after coming back from a break down in the second set.

But by the third set Halep had broken the German's defenses - and her resolve - as she banged in 76 percent of her first serves, with only half the unforced errors of her opponent.

"So I give less importance to that".

"She was the aggressive one", Sharapova said.

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