Sharapova, Bouchard into French semifinals

16:43, Jun 03 2014
Li Na
Li Na congratulates Kristina Mladenovic after the current Australian Open champion was ousted by the French youngster.
Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt reacts after losing a point during his first round loss to Argentine Carlos Berlocq at the French Open.
Facundo Bagnis
Argentina's Facundo Bagnis celebrates after defeating Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the first round.
Roland Garros
Court crew sweep water off the covers during a delay on day two at Roland Garros.
Roland Garros
The view of court one as Ivo Karlovic of Croatia plays Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray stretches for a backhand during his first round match against Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan.
Kristina Mladenovic
Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic serves during her victory over Li Na.
Stanislas Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka picks out balls to serve during his first round loss at Roland Garros.
Dustin Brown of Germany returns a shot during his men's singles match against Marinko Matosevic of Australia on day three of the French Open.
Dustin Brown of Germany returns a shot during his men's singles match against Marinko Matosevic of Australia on day three of the French Open.
Sara Errani of Italy serves to Madison Keys of the U.S. during their women's singles match at the French Open.
Sara Errani of Italy serves to Madison Keys of the U.S. during their women's singles match at the French Open.
Ernsts Gulbis
Ernsts Gulbis focuses as he serves against Facundo Bagnis.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova smashes a forehand shot against Tsvetana Pironkova in the third round.
Garbine Muguruza
Spain's Garbine Muguruza celebrates her upset victory over No 1 seed Serena Williams.
Jurgen Melzer
Austria's Jurgen Melzer stretches to hit a forehand against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates his victory over Jurgen Melzer.
Roland Garros
Dark clouds hover over the Philippe Chatrier Court as Rafael Nadal plays Dominic Thiem.
Petra Kvitova
Fifth seed Petra Kvitova serves during her victory over Marina Erakovic.
Simona Halep
Romanian Simona Halep acknowledges the crowd after her victory over Heather Watson.
Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic adjusts her ponytail while playing Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.
Tsvetana Pironkova
Tsvetana Pironkova receives advice from a medical staffer during her loss to Maria Sharapova.
Roger Federer
Roger Federer stretches for a backhand during his four-set third-round victory over Russian Dmitry Tursunov.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic questions a line call during his four-setter against Croat Marin Cilic.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova served up a 'double-bagel' to unseeded Argentine Paula Ormaechea.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays an overhead shot in the sunshine.
Roland Garros
Court crew drag out the covers as rain interrupts play during Maria Sharapova's match.
Pauline Parmentier
France's Pauline Parmentier rips a forehand during her tough three-set victory over Mona Barthel.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova lost the first set 6-1, but responded to finish off Garbine Muguruza in three sets.
Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard plays a shot during her three sets quarterfinal victory.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic makes a forehand shot on the run against Milos Raonic.
Ernsts Gulbis
Ernsts Gulbis pumps his fist after defeating Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.
Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic kisses her racquet after defeating Sara Errani in their French Open quarterfinal match.
Roland Garros
Spectators shelter under umbrellas as rain delayed the start of quarterfinals on Day 11.
Simona Halep
Simona Halep reacts after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the semifinals.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova plays a two-handed backhand on the run against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard.
Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard fell short of the final in a second straight grand slam.
Simona Halep
Simona Halep battled past Andrea Petkovic in two sets to face Maria Sharapova in the women's French Open final.
Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic missed a chance to capture the second set before losing in a tiebreak.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic overcame losing the third set to finish off Ernsts Gulbis in four sets to reach the French Open final.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic attempts to replace a letter on an advertising board after knocking it off with his racquet.
Ernsts Gulbis
Ernsts Gulbis in action during his men's semifinal against Novak Djokovic.
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal has a shot at his ninth French Open crown against Novak Djokovic.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray was no match for Rafa Nadal in the French Open semifinals.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova had to battle over three hours to overcome Simona Halep in the French Open final.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova collapses to the clay after the championship-clinching point.
Simona Halep
Simona Halep reacts after taking the second set from Maria Sharapova in a tie-break.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova with the Suzanne Lenglen Trophy after her second French Open triumph.
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal has only been beaten once at the French Open in the last 10 years.
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal with the French Open trophy at the Eiffel Tower.
Rafa Nadal
Rafa Nadal drops to his knees after winning his ninth French Open title.
Novak Djokovic
A frustrated Novak Djokovic could not overcome the 'King of Clay'.

Maria Sharapova again showed her resilience when she recovered from a poor start to down up-and-coming Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 1-6 7-5 6-1 on Tuesday (local time) and reach the French Open semi-finals.

The 2012 champion and last year's runner-up, who will meet Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the last four, lost the first four games as she conceded the first set before regaining her composure against a player who knocked holder Serena Williams out in the second round.

An early break in the second set was all the seventh-seeded Russian needed to gain momentum.

The match turned Sharapova's way when she held for 3-1 in the third set after saving five break points in a game that lasted over 10 minutes.

"That was one of the most important games in the third set after that game I gained more confidence. That was the turning point," she told reporters.

Once a self-proclaimed 'cow on ice' on clay, Sharapova will be playing her fourth consecutive Roland Garros semi-final, a feat she also achieved at the Australian Open from 2005-08.

Under threatening skies on court Philippe Chatrier, she trailed 4-0 and when she threatened a comeback in the set, Muguruza relied on her big first serve to keep the Russian at bay.

The Spaniard broke to love to take the opening set, but Sharapova is not one to give up without a fight.

Two double faults and a forehand that sailed long gave her a break for 2-1 in the second as Muguruza's game lost in accuracy.

"When you're being a bit more aggressive on the second serves, taking a bit more chances, all of a sudden, she's not hitting so freely," Sharapova said.

"I think that changes a little bit. But it's a combination of the way you feel and also that little pressure that she begins to feel."

A double fault allowed the Venezuela-born Muguruza to break back for 3-3, but in the 11th game the world number 35 sent a backhand wide which gave Sharapova a decisive break.

After breaking early in the decider, Sharapova, who also came from a set down in her last-16 match against Sam Stosur, saved five break points in the fourth game, which featured six deuces.

The four-times grand slam champion took it with a service winner and never looked back.

Muguruza agreed it was probably the turning-point.

"It was really tough to lose this game because it was really hard," she said.

"It's tough now because I had the opportunity to win the match. But I need more experience in these kind of matches." 

Bouchard won her leg of a possible Canadian double at the French Open, reaching the semi-finals by defeating Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6(4) 2-6 7-5.

Suarez Navarro, 25, squandered a 5-2 lead in the first set, caught by Bouchard's attacking play that sent her 163 cm (5ft 4 in) opponent scurrying across the baseline, unable to dominate with her trademark one-handed backhand.

After stealing the first set, Bouchard, 20, took the early momentum in the second, breaking serve in the opening game only to be broken straight back by the 14th seed, who went on to break twice more as Bouchard's levels appeared to dip.

Reaching her second consecutive grand slam semi after the drama of two contested line calls in her winning game, the 18th seed will play Russian former world number one Maria Sharapova in the last four.

Canada's Milos Raonic takes on Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals later today.

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Reuters