Maria Sharapova is chasing a second French Open title. Image courtesy of belfasttelegraph.co.uk
In making it to the last four at the French Open, this is the 18th time Maria Sharapova has reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. For her opponent, Eugenie Bouchard , it's her second after she lost her semi to eventual champion Li Na at this year's Australian Open. The two are due to clash at 11.10pm tonight (EAST).
All the stats point to Sharapova. Head-to-head she leads Bouchard 2-0, having beaten her young rival last year in Miami and in the second round at Roland Garros. In fact, the Canadian hasn't been able to snatch a set off the Russian, winning just eight games in the two losses.
After three comfortable victories, Sharpova's last two matches have gone to three-sets, including her fourth round encounter with Aussie Sam Stosur. Interestingly, the former world number one came from a set down overcoming Stosur 6-0 in the decider, before steaming past Spain's Garbine Muguruza 6-1 in the same circumstance.
Having turned pro in 2001, Sharapova has 31 WTA titles to name and in excess of $28m in career prizemoney and has won each of the four Slams, including the French two years ago.
Twenty-year-old Bouchard won her first singles title earlier this year, but this is the furthest she's been in a Grand Slam. However, the Canadian is looking forward to being across the net from her childhood idol.
The other semi final Romania's Simona Halep faces Andrea Petkovic . Both players having breezed through their quarters by the same scoreline - 6-2, 6-2.