Sharapova grinds into last four in Paris

Tue Jun 3, 2014 12:00pm EDT
 
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova again showed her resilience when she recovered from a poor start to down up-and-coming Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 1-6 7-5 6-1 on Tuesday and reach the French Open semi-finals.

The 2012 champion and last year's runner-up, who will meet Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the last four, lost the first four games as she conceded the first set before regaining her composure against a player who knocked holder Serena Williams out in the second round.

An early break in the second set was all the seventh-seeded Russian needed to gain momentum.

The match turned Sharapova's way when she held for 3-1 in the third set after saving five break points in a game that lasted over 10 minutes.

"That was one of the most important games in the third set after that game I gained more confidence. That was the turning point," she told reporters.

Once a self-proclaimed 'cow on ice' on clay, Sharapova will be playing her fourth consecutive Roland Garros semi-final, a feat she also achieved at the Australian Open from 2005-08.

Under threatening skies on court Philippe Chatrier, she trailed 4-0 and when she threatened a comeback in the set, Muguruza relied on her big first serve to keep the Russian at bay.

The Spaniard broke to love to take the opening set, but Sharapova is not one to give up without a fight.   Continued...

 
Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after winning her women's quarter-final match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 3, 2014.       REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes