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The women’s semi-finals at Roland Garros – as well as the best player in the world, Simona Halep. The Romanian is playing well enough but, like Caroline Wozniacki did before her, she has to shake free the baggage of having no major on her CV while having a firm grip on the No 1 ranking.
On Thursday she plays the first semi-final against the only player to beat both Williams sisters in slam finals, Garbiñe Muguruza, the 2016 French champion and defending queen of Wimbledon who on Wednesday made short work of Maria Sharapova, shortly before Halep had a tougher time accounting for Angelique Albert McClellan Womens Jersey Kerber.The winner is guaranteed to play an American in the final, as Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens meet in the other semi-final, a rematch of their 2017 US Open final.“What a draw,” Muguruza said, and, with a nod towards Halep’s trophy-free status, “I think she’s right now probably the best player. Well, she’s No 1.”
The Spaniard with the sharp shots and observations said of her easy win over Sharapova: “When you win against an old-time player with a lot of experience it gives you a lot of [confidence]. These matches are the way you need to travel to get to the end of the tournament.” Thanks for coming, Stepping Stone Maria.
Muguruza, who normally gives little away during a tournament, did welcome the opportunity to get to grips with Halep as soon as possible, perhaps hoping to trade on her relative freshness. “I’m excited to play a good semi-final, and it’s good that it’s tomorrow [Thursday], yeah.”Earlier on Court Philippe-Chatrier, as forehands and backhands billowed the net or sailed beyond the lines, as her second serve fell to pieces and the court dwindled to the size of http://www.officialfloridapanthers.com/Adidas-Jamie-McGinn-Jersey a matchbox, Sharapova had to content herself with winning the screaming contest.
But there are no points on offer for aural irritation and the cheers that greeted Muguruza’s 6-2, 6-1 win after 70 minutes of an embarrassingly one-sided quarter-final were surely mingled with gratitude for an early conclusion. There was not a lot else to celebrate, apart from Muguruza’s clinical excellence.
They shared, evenly, 20 winners but Sharapova’s 27 unforced errors, 12 more than the Spaniard, undermined her ambition, which remains considerable. Her run here at least has been enough to move her further away from the danger zone of the top 32 seeds going into Wimbledon; she moves from 30 to 25 now.How she would burn if she had been in danger of losing a place in the protected group of seeds there next month because of a complimentary seeding for Serena Williams. And she has the American to thank for a walkover to the final eight here.
It’s tantalising to wonder if a fit Williams could have Brian Winters Youth jersey given Muguruza any better of a fight Derwin James Youth jersey than the Russian did. Muguruza – who beat Williams in the final here two years ago – was so in control of http://www.steelersnflofficialonline.com/Authentic-Jack-Butler-Jersey this match that when Sharapova stepped up to Brandon Bollig Womens Jersey serve for survival, she edged at least a yard inside the baseline to rifle a backhand return that reduced her opponent’s racket to the substance of blancmange.Not since Victoria Azarenka towelled her 6-3, 6-0 in the 2012 Australian Open final has Sharapova suffered so heavily – in numbers, at least – in a major.
They exchanged cursory http://www.minnesotavikingsauthorizedshoponline.com/nick-easton-jersey-elite pleasantries at the net, Sharapova disappeared with a tempered version of her regal wave, and Muguruza moved on to a tougher assignment in the semi-finals against Halep. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys china cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys from china
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