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Simona Halep looks to win first Grand Slam

10 June 2018, 12:24 | Charlene Valdez

Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza face off for a place in the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday Credit afp

Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza

"I think winning here is very special for her and I'm glad she finally got her first Slam", said the American.

"I just tried not to repeat the same as previous year", Halep said. I was dreaming for this moment since I started playing tennis'.

That means Saturday's final at the French Open will be Halep's third title match in the past five Grand Slam tournaments.

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Halep won four consecutive games to put the match right back in the balance.

"She's No. 1 in the world for a reason", Stephens said of Halep.

A year ago, a somber Halep said she'd "felt like a spectator on the court" at Roland Garros as unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia took command midway through their final. I have just to play like I did yesterday (against Muguruza).

Sloane Stephens of the US clenches her fist after defeating compatriot Madison Keys during in semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Thursday, June 7, 2018 in Paris. "(It) shows me that I have enough patience, I have enough power inside to stay calm", Halep said. Halep ended the match when Stephens returned a serve into the net.

Halep is the bookies' favourite to finally win a first Grand Slam and leads 5-2 in her head-to-head record against Stephens.

Simona Halep insists she will "chill" before Saturday's French Open final against Sloane Stephens despite having previously been denied three chances of Grand Slam glory.

Her consistently errant groundstrokes allowed Stephens to secure a 6-4, 6-4 triumph in and hour and 17 minutes. In fact, both players barely won over 50% of service points in these seven head to head battles, so a return-orientated match could be on the cards on Saturday.

Stephens was obviously disappointed after losing the first final of her professional career but she accepted she was second best on the day.

Stephens is an incredibly talented defensive player, and she kept stretching points until Keys would err.

At 6-3 2-0 it looked like the American's passable impression of a human wall was going to prove too much for Halep and consign her to a third defeat in the championship match at Roland Garros.

But Halep dug deep, squaring the final by winning the next two games, as Stephens fired a backhand wide on the first set point.

"So we will see what is going to happen, but I just want to be smiling on court". She's been here twice and it has been an unsavoury ending both times.

Her coach, Chicago-based Kamau Murray, told me he understood how hard it was for Stephens to avoid taking her hands off the wheel when she seemed to be on cruise control.

But from 0-2 down in the second set, Halep was able to change the flow of the match.

But just as the set was slipping away from Stephens, a series of unforced errors by Halep gifted the break back for 4-4.

The early exchanges were brutal in the Paris heat, but it was the world number one who found herself being forced onto the defensive as Stephens moved 4-1 ahead.

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