French Open semifinal preview: Garbiñe Muguruza vs Sam Stosur

Fourth seed Garbiñe Muguruza continues her quest for her first Grand Slam title at the French Open as she takes on 2011 US Open champion and 21st seed Sam Stosur in the semifinals of the French Open with a place in Saturday's final at stake.

After losing to Maria Sharapova and Lucie Safarova in the quarterfinals in 2014 and 2015, Muguruza finally broke her quarterfinal duck by battling past surprise quarterfinalist Shelby Rogers in the quarterfinals to reach her first French Open semifinal.

Stosur is no stranger to reaching the latter stages of Grand Slam tournaments as she has made the semifinals at the French Open on four occasions including an appearance in the 2010 final losing to Francesca Schiavone.

The Aussie number one is in her first Grand Slam semifinal since she lost to Sara Errani in the semifinals in 2012 at the French Open.

How they got here

Muguruza has progressed nicely into the draw at Roland Garros this year. She has dropped only set en route to the semifinals at the French Open. 

In her opening match against former top 30 player Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the Spaniard dropped the first set and won the match in three sets.

Muguruza had three impressive back-to-back wins on Court Philippe-Chatrier against French wildcard Myrtille Georges in the second round, former US Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer in the third round and the 2009 champion and 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round.

In her third consecutive French Open quarterfinal, Muguruza dispatched Shelby Rogers in straight sets and she saved a set point in the first set. Heaven alone knows what would have happened if Muguruza dropped that set.

Stosur's progress through to the semifinals has been quiet. She defeated Misaki Doi in three sets in the first round and Australian Open quarterfinalist Shuai Zhang in straight sets in the second round.

In the third round in the battle of former French Open finalists on Chatrier, Stosur overcame 11th seed Safarova in three sets and in another battle of former French Open finalists, Stosur defeated sixth seed Simona Halep on Court One, a match that was interrupted by the rain.

Stosur, the 21st seed took advantage of a good draw by defeating 2010 Wimbledon semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova in the quarterfinals in straight sets to set up this mouthwatering clash with Muguruza.

Stosur celebrates after her quarterfinal win over Pironkova on Day 11 of the French Open (Photo by Julian Finney/ Source: Getty Images)
Stosur celebrates after her quarterfinal win over Pironkova on Day 11 of the French Open (Photo by Julian Finney/ Source: Getty Images)

 Head-to-head

Stosur and Muguruza have met once previously and it was at altitude at the Mutua Madrid Open in 2014 on clay. Stosur won that meeting in three sets with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 scoreline.

Who wins

Both players will be happy with their draw and they will both believe that they can reach the final.

Stosur is 32 and she knows that time is running out for her to make another Grand Slam final or win another Grand Slam title.

Muguruza is in her second Grand Slam semifinal after she made her maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, so at least she has experienced being in a Grand Slam semifinal before which will take some pressure off her.

Stosur will be hoping for heavy conditions as it will help her kick serve and she could get some cheap points.

If Muguruza goes on to win this match and the title, her best match was against Kuznetsova in the fourth round where everything clicked for her.

Both players have beaten Serena at the French Open before so they will not be scared if they face her in the final.

This match is scheduled first on Court Suzanne Lenglen and the winner of this match will play the defending champion Serena Williams or Kiki Bertens.

Prediction: Muguruza to win in straight sets

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