Maria Sharapova survives Garbine Muguruza scare, advances to semi-finals of French Open 2014

Maria Sharapova

What a match in hand for the spectators at Court Philippe Chatrier between seventh seed Maria Sharapova and unseeded rising star from Spain Garbine Muguruza. It took Sharapova rally from a set down to beat Muguruza 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 and book a place in the last eight of French Open. Had Muguruza beaten Maria Sharapova in the quarters here, she would have become the only woman after Russian Elena Dementiva since 2009 to beat both Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova in one tournament.

Maria Sharapova got off to the worst possible start as she faced 20 year-old Garbine Muguruza, conceding the first set in just 27 minutes 6-1. Garbine broke Sharapova’s service twice to race 4-0 ahead. The Russian barely managed to hold one service game before being broken by determined Muguruza to take the opening set. Sharapova committed total 13 unforced errors to Muguruza’s 7 in the first set.

The second set was another tough one for Sharapova who squandered 3-1 lead in the second set to Muguruza. Russian star was trailing a set and 3-4 in the second set before Sharapova served her best to level the game points. Sharapova kept her nerves against the inexperienced Spanish player to take the second set 7-5 with 13 unforced errors and 22 winners.

The third set might show the score as 6-1 in favour of Sharapova but the match was tougher than the score board suggests. Maria Sharapova broke Muguruza’s service twice in the deciding last set to go 4-0 up. She finished the match as Muguruza making a forehand unforced error.

Gabrine Muguruza earlier removed defending champion and top seed Serena Williams in second round at Roland Garros to post the biggest victory of her career. Had she beaten Maria Sharapova in the quarters here, she would have become the only woman after Russian Elene Dementiva since 2009 to beat both Serena and Sharapova in one tournament. The high on confidence Muguruza played near perfect game against the fourth seed.

Maria Sharapova will next face the eighteenth seed Eugenie Bouchard who defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-5.