Sharapova advances to French Open semifinals
(AP) — Maria Sharapova needed a set to get going, and once she got going, she couldn’t be stopped.
The seventh-seeded Russian advanced to the semifinals of the French Open for the fourth straight year, rallying to beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 Tuesday.
It’s the second straight match in which Sharapova lost the first set but completely controlled the third. Against Muguruza, Sharapova won nine of the last 10 games. In the previous round against Samantha Stosur, she won the last nine.
“When you just don’t feel like anything is going your way, you want to try to find a little door to get into,” Sharapova said. “It’s always that little part that’s the toughest.”
Sharapova lost in the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2011, then won the title a year later to complete a career Grand Slam. She lost in last year’s final to Serena Williams.