Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Rafael Nadal's French Open set streak ends in quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal's French Open set streak ends in quarterfinals

He was also helped by a couple of poor errors by Nadal at key moments in the match and broke the Spaniard twice to lead 3-2 before play was suspended briefly due to rain. Their French Open quarterfinal on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) was no contest at all, a 6-2 6-1 one-way journey.

Garbine Muguruza gave Maria Sharapova no chance in their quarterfinal.

"I mean, it's not that important, because it's constantly this thing going on, you know. since a year ago", she said after a crushing 6-2, 6-1 last-eight victory over Maria Sharapova in Paris.

The 28th seed clenched her fist after a hold to love got her on the board, but the aggressive Muguruza was celebrating after one of many vicious groundstrokes put her a set up.

Muguruza will face Simona Halep or Angelique Kerber in the semifinals.

Muguruza looked dominant in the win over Sharapova, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. The victor earns a berth in the final at Roland Garros - plus the No 1 ranking that now belongs to Halep.

The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.

She needed only 70 minutes to eliminate Sharapova and dominated her with superb returning, breaking the former No. 1 a half-dozen times. Sharapova was the French Open champion in 2012 and 2014; Muguruza took the trophy in 2016.

An anti-climactic match ended predictably, with a Sharapova backhand nestling in the net - her 27th unforced error.

"I think it would be unusual for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years", said the 31-year-old.

Sharapova didn't play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated showdown with an injured chest muscle. The German raced into a 3-0 lead with an early double break. She went on to commit only 16 errors over the course of the next two, which was the difference in getting the win.

One could not tell on Monday, however, as she kept misfiring against two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber.

Halep completed the 30th win over a German opponent and remained unbeaten in quarter-finals matches here at Roland Garros.

"I think I did a good performance today, a very serious, solid match".

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