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Spanish women's hopes dashed at Roland Garros

AS AS 03/06/2014 Alejandro Delmás
Garbiñe Muguruza (left) and Maria Sharapova shake hands after the Russian's three-set victory. © ETIENNE LAURENT Garbiñe Muguruza (left) and Maria Sharapova shake hands after the Russian's three-set victory.

Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez, Spain’s two hopes for a semifinalist at Roland Garros, were both stopped in their tracks on Tuesday despite carving out promising opportunities to progress against Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard, respectively.

Both matches, which ran simultaneously on Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen, went the distance. Muguruza, in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, took the first set from the Russian seventh seed for the loss of just one game in 27 minutes and was within touching distance of another famous victory on the Paris clay when receiving at 5-4 in the second. But it was Sharapova who prevailed, breaking her opponent in the 11th game and serving out to take the second set. The decider was a carbon copy of the opening set, but with Sharapova in the ascendancy. The 2012 champion sealed an early break and then fended off five break points at 2-1 before racing to victory 1-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Sharapova will face Bouchard in the semifinals after the Canadian world number 16 saw off Spanish number one Suárez, ranked 15, who also had gilt-edged chances to reach the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time. Suárez, ranked 20, led 5-2 in the first set but allowed Bouchard back in to take the opener on a tie-break and also held a 4-1 lead in the third after taking the second 6-2. But Bouchard’s reputation for digging deep was on full display as she roared back into contention by winning six of the final seven games to seal her passage with a 7-6, 2-6, 7-5. Bouchard, 20, reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in January, where she was beaten by eventual champion Li Na.

However, Muguruza and Suárez will not be packing their bags just yet as they are due out on Court One on Wednesday for their doubles quarterfinal against Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, the fourth seeds.

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