It was a day of drastically different outcomes for the two women’s finalists from Roland Garros 2014. While defending champion Maria Sharapova moved on, last year’s runner up Simona Halep saw her Roland Garros 2015 campaign end at the hands of Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 7-5 6-1. The 33-year old Lucic-Baroni, a former teen phenom who left the game for a decade before coming back, handed Halep her second upset loss in the last three Majors. Mirjana also knocked Simona out of the 2014 US Open in the second round. Even though Halep is one of my top favorites, I admit I have a soft spot for Lucic-Baroni and all the adversity in her life that she has overcome to make a comeback in what would be the twilight of her career under normal circumstances.
Maria Sharapova had considerably less trouble getting by countrywoman Vitalia Diatchenko, 6-3 6-1. Masha looked better than in her first round match and sounded better. Hopefully, the illness that she caught is working its way out of her system. She will need to be as healthy as possible with Samantha Stosur up next. Sharapova has a lopsided advantage over Samantha head to head. But nothing is a given when players walk out on court. Add in that Stosur has looked amazing in her first two matches here (don’t forget that she is a former Roland Garros runner-up) and Masha cannot afford to get caught looking past her.
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2 MARIA SHARAPOVA (won 6-3 6-1 vs Vitalia Diatchenko)
MIRJANA LUCIC-BARONI (won 7-5 6-1 vs 3 Simona Halep)
7 ANA IVANOVIC (won 3-6 6-3 6-4 vs Misaki Doi)
21 GARBINE MUGURUZA (won 6-1 6-4 vs Camila Giorgi)