Maria Sharapova comments on Forbes' list, loss to Muguruza

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Hurling everything Muguruza fired her way back across the net with equal venom Halep made a lightning start and was 5-0 up despite her opponent not playing badly herself.

Muguruza had lost all three previous times she faced Sharapova, whose five Grand Slam titles include two at Roland Garros.

A win on Thursday would move Stephens to No. 4 in the rankings.

A rare misplaced groundstroke from Halep gave third seed Muguruza a break to get on the board at 5-1, but Halep put away another forehand victor to take a one-sided opening set. The reference to her book seemed rather irrelevant given the one-sided nature of yesterday's match - Sharapova won only three games. Also I pushed her back.

Muguruza, victor two years ago, will face either world number one Simona Halep or Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals.

Muguruza had not dropped a set in the tournament before she was dominated by an aggressive Halep in the opener and the world No. 1 came from a break down in the second to win 6-1 6-4.


"When you're writing an autobiography, I don't think there is any reason to write anything that's not true", Sharapova said.

With Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, familiar names of the last few majors have put themselves into contention for Slam glory once again.

Sharapova, 31, was broken in the opening game of the second set which she immediately retrieved.

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 freakish line. Serena Williams is a three-time French Open champion, Jennifer Capriati won in 2001, and the legendary Chris Evert retired with a 94.5% winning record on clay, triumphing seven times at Roland Garros. In the first set, Halep had 30 unforced errors. When we get on the court, it's time to compete. Big margins can suddenly become much smaller much like during the US Open final last year when the occasion got to the 23-year-old.In Paris, things have been a little calmer for the American up until her quarter-finals."Honestly, the US Open feels like it was 12 years ago at this point".

But it was the German who started the stronger, out-hitting her rival with lethal accuracy, to win the first four games as Halep struggled to find her serving rhythm and peppered the tramlines with unforced errors.

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