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2018 French Open: Garbine Muguruza dismantles Sharapova to reach semis as rain holds off Rafael Nadal & Co.

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World number three, Garbine Muguruza made light work of Maria Sharapova to reach the semifinals of the French Open in Paris.

Sharapova had benefited from a walkover after Serena Williams pulled out due to injury. The Russian had time to rest and regroup before facing Muguruza. A evenly-contested match was expected, but a lopsided affair was instead, delivered.

Muguruza put up a sensational display, one the Russian couldn’t match, to claim a 6-2, 6-1 victory in just 70 minutes.

“I was up against a great player so I had to make sure I brought my best tennis,” Muguruza, who hasn’t dropped a set so far in this event, said.

“I wasn’t thinking so much about the result. I was just thinking about not dropping my level, not giving her a single point, and I guess that helped my performance.”

Muguruza, the 2016 champion, will next face world number one, Simona Halep for a place in the final.

Romania’s Halep rallied from a set down to beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-7, 6-3, 6-2. The 26-year-old, who finished as runner-up here in Paris in 2014 and 2017, is in search for a maiden Grand Slam.

The semifinal match between Halep and Muguruza will be the pair’s fifth encounter, with Halep winning just one of the four matches she has played with Muguruza, but that was the only one played on clay.

The WTA world number one ranking will be on the line.

Elsewhere, quarterfinal matches between Clay King, Rafael Nadal and sensational Argentine, Diego Schwartzman as well as that between Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro, have been suspended due to adverse weather conditions.

Nadal lost the first set to Scwartzman, the first time he’ll lose the opening set at Roland Garros in three years. The Spaniard was 5-3 up in the second before play was suspended.

Cilic and del Potro, meanwhile, were square 6-6(5-5) in the first set before rain interrupted.

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