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Australian Open 2020: Reborn Garbine Muguruza Masters Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova En Route To Semis Date With Simona Halep

Former world number one Garbine Muguruza moved through to her first major semi-final since the 2018 French Open on Wednesday

Australian Open 2020: Reborn Garbine Muguruza Masters Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova En Route To Semis Date With Simona Halep
Spain's Garbine Muguruza smiles during an on court interview after defeating Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.
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Australian Open 2020: Reborn Garbine Muguruza Masters Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova En Route To Semis Date With Simona Halep
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2020-01-29T09:26:18+0530

Garbine Muguruza's renaissance continued after the two-time grand slam champion overcame Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5 6-3 to reach the Australian Open semi-final. 

Unseeded for the first time at a slam since 2014, Muguruza has looked a rejuvenated force in Melbourne following her reunion with former coach Conchita Martinez – the pair split in 2018 following the Spanish star's 2017 Wimbledon triumph.

And former world number one Muguruza moved through to her first major semi-final since the 2018 French Open thanks to Wednesday's hard-fought win against 30th seed Pavlyuchenkova.

Muguruza will now face 2018 runner-up Simona Halep for a place in the women's decider.

Holds of serve were at a premium from the outset in Melbourne as Muguruza – back in the Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time since 2017 – and Pavlyuchenkova traded breaks in sunny conditions. 

Pavlyuchenkova – on a giant-slaying mission after stunning 2016 champion Angelique Kerber and second seed Karolina Pliskova en route to the quarters – claimed the first break in the third game. A double-fault handing the Russian an early 2-1 lead, which set the tone for an absorbing and topsy-turvy contest.

Double-faults were a theme after Pavlyuchenkova handed Muguruza the opportunity to break back immediately following a tense battle at the net, before the latter fended off a break point chance to hold for a 3-2 advantage.

Proving difficult on serve, breaks continued to come and go until Muguruza bucked the trend by holding serve with a powerful winner down the line in the 11th game and a double-fault gifted the Spaniard the chance to close out the 56-minute set on her opponent's racquet and she duly converted.

The second set followed a similar pattern, with three breaks of serve after five in a tense opener.

But most importantly, Muguruza claimed two of those – the decisive break coming to love in the sixth game – as the 26-year-old progressed to her maiden semi in Melbourne.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN  
Muguruza bt Pavlyuchenkova [30] 7-5 6-3

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS   
Muguruza – 21/21
Pavlyuchenkova – 18/26

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS   
Muguruza – 6/4
Pavlyuchenkova – 4/8

BREAK POINTS WON   
Muguruza – 5/7
Pavlyuchenkova – 3/6 

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE   
Muguruza – 56
Pavlyuchenkova – 67

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE   
Muguruza – 75/39
Pavlyuchenkova – 64/14

TOTAL POINTS   
Muguruza – 71
Pavlyuchenkova – 56

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