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Sport Muguruza overcomes Azarenka to set up Halep semi-final in Rome

00:30  20 september  2020
00:30  20 september  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

Azarenka crushes Kenin in Rome, as Muguruza sees off Gauff

  Azarenka crushes Kenin in Rome, as Muguruza sees off Gauff It was a day to forget at the Internazionali d'Italia for Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, as she lost without winning a game.Azarenka, beaten in the US Open final less than a week ago, has transitioned to the clay courts in impressive fashion after beating Venus Williams and now, more impressively, Kenin.

Simona Halep was on court for just 47 minutes on Saturday so will be feeling fresh when she faces Garbine Muguruza in the Rome semi - finals . US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka lost a three- set thriller to Garbine Muguruza in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali d'Italia to set up a meeting with

Halep slid 3-0 down in the opener, but she produced an admirable response when winning 12 of the following 13 points as she levelled up . Another tantalising quarter- final will be contested between Victoria Azarenka and Garbine Muguruza . Spaniard Muguruza caught the eye as she beat seventh

Garbine Muguruza wearing a hat: Garbine Muguruza beat Victoria Azarenka © Riccardo Antimiani - Pool/Getty Images Garbine Muguruza beat Victoria Azarenka

US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka lost a three-set thriller to Garbine Muguruza in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali d'Italia to set up a meeting with top seed Simona Halep.

Muguruza beat her fellow former world number one 3-6 6-3 6-4 after two hours and 19 minutes, having been one point away from falling 5-3 down in an entertaining decider at Foro Italico.

Halep overcomes Yastremska in Rome as Azarenka and Muguruza also reach last eight

  Halep overcomes Yastremska in Rome as Azarenka and Muguruza also reach last eight Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep avoided upsets at the Internazionali d'Italia, as Garbine Muguruza swept Johanna Konta aside.Tournament favourite Halep eventually looked comfortable in her 7-5 6-4 against Dayana Yastremska, but the Romanian had to fight back from a break down in the opening set as she was put on the back foot.

Top seed Simona Halep and Spaniard Garbine Muguruza set up a semi - final clash in the Italian Halep -- the 2018 French Open winner -- reached the Rome semi - finals for the fifth time after Maybe the best of this tournament." Azarenka 's successful run ended after winning the Cincinnati title and

Top seed Simona Halep and Spaniard Garbine Muguruza set up a semi - final clash in the Italian Halep -- the 2018 French Open winner -- reached the Rome semi - finals for the fifth time after Maybe the best of this tournament." Azarenka 's successful run ended after winning the Cincinnati title and

The 2016 French Open winner managed to hold her serve on that occasion, then broke to love in the next game before going on to seal the match at the third attempt.

"I think it was a tough match. I knew it was going to be a tough match. She's a good player, she's playing good, she's with a lot of confidence," said Muguruza.

"I knew it was going to be a tough battle. I was ready for it. I stood behind her and was waiting for my opportunities. She was playing great at the beginning. She took the first set. I kept myself together and said, 'Okay, let's start another battle in the second set'."

Next up for Muguruza is two-time Rome finalist Halep, who saw Yulia Putintseva retire from their quarter-final meeting due to a lower back injury.

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Muguruza held two break points to go up 2-1, but missed both due to errant forehands, with Azarenka eventually holding thanks to a phenomenal volley pickup. An Azarenka backhand found the net on the third of those, sending Muguruza through to a semifinal date against No.1 seed Simona Halep

Runner- up in Rome in 2017 and 2018, Halep sought to take advantage of any stiff legs that Muguruza might have had after a draining three- set victory over Victoria Azarenka on Saturday. A big forehand winner was a statement of intent from the 28-year-old, and when the WTA World No.17 went long in

After dropping her serve to fall 6-2 2-0 down to the world number two in 47 minutes, Putintseva, who played back-to-back three-set matches in the previous two rounds, pulled out of the match.

Halep said of Muguruza: "Every time I played well against her, [I was] as much as possible aggressive. If I play my best game and if I feel great physically on court, I have a big chance to win the match. But every time is different, because she's playing so hard.

"You don't really know what to expect. It's tough every time. So I don't plan for a specific match, because you never know on court."

Two-time Internazionali d'Italia champion Elina Svitolina was comprehensively beaten 6-3 6-0 by Marketa Vondrousova, who was the runner-up at last year's French Open.

Standing between Vondrousova and her first final appearance since Roland Garros last year is reigning champion Karolina Pliskova.

French Open 2020: Halep's birthday joy, Azarenka bemoans cold Parisian weather

  French Open 2020: Halep's birthday joy, Azarenka bemoans cold Parisian weather The cold weather in Paris was an issue for Victoria Azarenka but nothing could spoil Simona Halep's birthday celebrations.Fresh from winning the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome, Halep arrived in Paris as favourite and top seed for the final grand slam of the year.

Muguruza was the last woman to beat Halep , in the semi - finals of the Australian Open in January, but she was unable to produce a repeat in Italy, where the Next up for Halep is Karolina Pliskova after the defending champion overcame Marketa Vondrousova 6-2 6-4. Pliskova raced into a one- set lead

Simona Halep 's win in Rome avenges her loss to Garbine Muguruza at this year's Australian Open semi - finals . Top seed Halep , 28, overpowered the 26-year-old Spaniard in the first set . The pair then traded several breaks in the second set and, though Muguruza forced a decider, her Romanian

Second seed Pliskova overcame Elise Mertens 6-3 3-6 6-0 as she continued to impress after initially struggling when the WTA Tour returned in August.


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