Muguruza marches past Rogers

Spanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros after defeating American Shelby Rogers in straight sets on Wednesday.

After struggling at first during the opening set Muguruza went on to beat Rogers 7-5, 6-3 in a match that lasted 81 minutes to set up a semi-final clash against Australian veteran Sam Stosur.

The 23-year-old Rogers started off the match well breaking her opponent’s serve in the opening game and holding her own as things then went with serve.

In the eighth game, the American had two break points but the Spaniard held serve to make the score 4-5.

The fourth seed then broke Rogers to make it 5-5 and held serve to lead 6-5. A further service break gave Muguruza the set 7-5.

In the second set, Muguruza started well to take a 3-0 lead after breaking serve early. Rogers came back at her, though, breaking back to level things at 3-3.

Muguruza was not to be outdone and reeled off the next three games to reach the last four at Roland Garros.

She will face the 2010 finalist Stosur for a place in Saturday’s final.

In an interview after her win, Muguruza said she was hoping to make the final.

“I definitely want to keep going,” Muguruza said. “I wanted so much to win today and hopefully, I can make it to the last day.”

“I don’t think I have played against (Stosur),” she said. “I know that she reached the final at the French Open (in 2010). She plays well. It will be a tough match.”

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