Garbine Muguruza’s scorching run at the French Open continued on Wednesday with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 28 seed Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros.
The third-seeded Muguruza, 24, has not dropped a single set on her way to the semifinals. She can ascend to the No. 1 world ranking if she claims the title this weekend.
First, she’ll have to get through the current No. 1, Simona Halep. Muguruza has defeated Halep three times in four meetings.
Halep survived a three-setter against No. 12 seed Angelique Kerber to book her spot opposite Muguruza in the semifinals. Halep dropped the first set before gaining control in a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 victory.
It’s the first time in four tries that Muguruza has beaten Sharapova, but the first time the pair have faced off since 2014. Sharapova missed 15 months during that span after being suspended by the WTA when she tested positive for Meldonium in 2016.
“I was up against a great player so I had make sure I brought my best tennis,” said Muguruza, who won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.
Both players were coming in to their quarterfinal showdown having seen little time on the court in recent days.
Sharapova’s previous match was a walkover when longtime rival Serena Williams bowed out with a pectoral injury. Muguruza’s last opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, was forced to exit their match with a hip injury after just 20 minutes.
Americans Madison Keys (13th seed) and Sloane Stephens (10th) face off in the other semifinal.
–Field Level Media