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Maria Sharapova fires back at Serena in book feud

08 June, 2018, 02:24 | Author: John Swanson
  • GETTYGarbine Muguruza was shocked at Serena Williams French Open withdrawal

Halep had the crowd roaring with appreciation of a magnificent victor in the opening game of the second set but she was a break down at 2-1 after netting a forehand.

It will be the 26-year-old Romanian's fourth appearance in a major final, having also lost to Caroline Wozniacki in Australia in January.

Muguruza looked dominant in the win over Sharapova, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

Maria Sharapova left the French Open without much of a fight, but had enough left in the tank to deliver a parting shot at Serena Williams.

Against Kerber, Halep stumbled out of the gate, dropping the first set in a tiebreaker.

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The 2012 and 2014 Paris champion, who missed the 2016 tournament because of a doping ban and previous year when she was refused a wild card, was broken six times, committed 27 unforced errors and won just five points on her own serve in the second set.

But they hadn't played since 2014, back before Muguruza was as confident and successful as she is these days.

Halep lost the first four games in her quarter-final against Angelique Kerber, but she made a dream start to take charge of the first set and leave Muguruza rattled.

She will meet either US Open champion Sloane Stephens or her fellow American Madison Keys in Saturday's final.

Such impressive data from this match has led to Muguruza being chalked up as a [1.89] favourite over Halep, and I want to discuss why I think this is an utterly freaky line. But she failed to convert any of those, and Halep held there, before breaking at love to end it.

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"It's not that important, because it's constantly this thing going on", said Muguruza.

"She started playing very well immediately, and I wasn't able to reach the level that she was playing", she said. Like Sharapova, Halep was erratic early, making 30 unforced errors in the first set.

Ahead of the French Open 2018 clash, the 23-time Grand Slam victor called out the parts related to her in Sharapova's autobiography as "hearsay".

Sharapova, 31, was broken in the opening game of the second set which she immediately retrieved. It also was a rematch of the U.S. Open final won by Stephens last September.

In the other men's quarter-final, number three Marin Cilic and number five Juan Martin del Potro were at 5-all in a first-set tie breaker when the match-up of past US Open champions was stopped.

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