A combative Garbiñe yields to Halep in the semifinals betrayed by her service

A combative Garbiñe yields to Halep in the semifinals betrayed by her service

The Romanian won 6-3, 4-6 and 6-4. Muguruza ended the match with two double faults out of a total of eight and lost his serve nine times. Will arrive among the top 15 at Roland Garros

A combative Garbiñe yields to Halep in the semifinals betrayed by her service

The defeat, and the way it was consummated, could lead to unfair judgments regarding Garbiñe Muguruza's balance in the Premier 5 in Rome. Simona Halep put an end to the Spanish-Venezuelan adventure in the Foro Italico by defeating her in the semifinals 6-3, 4-6 and 6-4, in two hours and 17 minutes. Garbiñe left with two consecutive double faults of the eight that he accumulated throughout an intense, balanced match, in which he showed a commendable taste for combat. She will not be in the final on Monday, but she will arrive at Roland Garros among the top 15, within a favorable process since she began working with Conchita Martínez.

Halep, number two in the world, is a clay specialist, a player with enormous capabilities on any surface, as evidenced by, among other magnificent results, the title achieved at Wimbledon in 2019, but particularly irreducible on gravel. Recent champion in Prague, the Romanian has 13 consecutive victories and, according to what has been seen in this meeting, the sequence seems to be prolonged. Assuming that he should puncture the bone on many occasions, Garbiñe never lowered his arms. He returned and returned until inviting to think about a comeback that did not go too far. His skin was worth little when he was 4-2 behind the rest in the second set or when he was 5-1 behind in the third.

Brilliant trajectory

But it was no coincidence that he had appeared in the penultimate instance of the tournament with a remarkable career, leaving behind such rivals as Sloane Stephens, Coco Gauff, Johanna Konta and Viktoria Azarenka, the latter in full resurrection after taking the title in Cincinnati and challenging Naomi Osaka in the final of the US Open. Nor was it that at the beginning of the course, Garbiñe reached his fourth final of a Grand Slam tournament in Australia.

Halep, more consistent, with the intelligence and audacity of which he usually shows, needed to win several times a game that at times he governed with solvency. Without losing personality or aggressive mood, Muguruza has improved when it comes to building points and is willing to row in the back of the track when it comes to defending. A pity that his service, delivered up to nine times, four of them with double faults, far from providing the returns that would be supposed in a 1.83-centimeter woman, can become a hindrance, as it was in his match against Halep.

The Caracas player required attention to her lower back after the conclusion of the first set and returned to the court with a bandage on her left thigh. Nothing serious, based on his good mobility on the track and the enthusiasm he showed until he suffered the umpteenth betrayal of his serve. A week before the start of the great event of the course on land, of a tournament that he won in 2016, there are enough indications to believe in her again. He stayed for the third time at the gates of the final in Rome, but showing renewed arguments of the undisputed size of his tennis.

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