Muguruza powers past Stosur into French Open final

Fri Jun 3, 2016 10:28am EDT
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Garbine Muguruza controlled a late bout of nerves to reach her second grand slam final on Friday, beating Australian Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-4 in the semi-finals of the French Open.

The Spanish fourth seed, runner-up at Wimbledon last year, became the first Spanish woman to reach the Roland Garros final since Conchita Martinez in 2000.

She will face defending champion Serena Williams, hoping for a different outcome to last year at Wimbledon.

"I have learned a lot how to control my emotions inside the court and outside the court. I think it's very important, because sometimes it's not too good to show them or not controlling them," Muguruza told reporters.

"In a tournament like this you have to be very focused. It's very long. Even longer with this kind of weather that you have to wait a lot. Here I'm learning. Here just I'm putting everything into that and it's going well."

Muguruza, 22, made the most of 2010 runner-up Stosur's early jitters on Court Suzanne Lenglen and used her booming forehand to race into a 4-0 lead in the opening set.

She was also well ahead in the second set before Stosur finally made her sweat.

"I played very well until I led 5-2 in the second set and then she stepped up a gear and I became a bit nervous," Muguruza, looking to become the first Spaniard to lift the trophy since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1998, said courtside.   Continued...

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros -  Shelby Rogers of the U.S. v Garbine Muguruza of Spain - Paris, France - 1/06/16. Garbine Muguruza eyes the ball. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol