ROLAND GARROS

Muguruza eases through to first French Open semi-final

The Spanish fourth seed defeated American world number 108 Shelby Rogers in straight sets to set up a meeting with either Stosur or Pironkova. Murray vs Wawrinka

Muguruza eases through to first French Open semi-final
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Garbiñe Muguruza powered her way into a first Roland Garros semi-final on Wednesday with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Shelby Rogers of the United States.

Muguruza, 22, had reached the quarter-finals on her last two visits to Paris and was Wimbledon runner-up in 2015.

She will face either Australian 21st seed Samantha Stosur or unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova for a place in the final.

"I was a little nervous as Shelby was playing with great confidence and precision," said Muguruza, who had to save a set point in the 10th game of the opening set. "But I am happy to win and want to keep going."

Rogers, the world number 108, was hoping to become the lowest-ranked Roland Garros semi-finalist in the Open era.