Garcia shows clay class cruising into Madrid last four


Madrid (AFP)

Caroline Garcia continued her strong run on clay by easing past Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro on Thursday to make the Madrid Open semi-finals.

After reaching the last four in Stuttgart a fortnight ago, Garcia is yet to drop a set in the Spanish capital as she beat Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-3.

France's world number seven registered 28 winners on Manolo Santana court and will now face either Maria Sharapova or Kiki Bertens for a place in Saturday's final.

The French Open starts at Roland Garros in two weeks where Garcia carries the hopes of a nation to become the first woman to win the tournament since Mary Pierce in 2000 on the famous clay courts.