Halep on Paris quarterfinal victory: 'My head won it'

Grant SmithJun 10, 2018

The pair produced some superb rallies as they showcased why they're two of the best movers in the women's game, but Halep could not break down her nerveless opponent when going on the offensive. The markets grossly over-rated Muguruza following her win over Maria Sharapova, and with this in mind, it was extremely pleasing that the Romanian picked up an emphatic victory, and bookends a relatively successful campaign for us, from a women's perspective.

Stephens, who had never gone past the fourth round in Paris, will take on twice French Open runner-up and world number one Simona Halep of Romania in Saturday's final. Halep turned around and raised her arms, looking relieved as much as pleased. The reference to her book seemed rather irrelevant given the one-sided nature of yesterday's match - Sharapova won only three games.

Sloane Stephens maintained her flawless record against fellow American Madison Keys as she blazed into the French Open final with a 6-4, 6-4 win on Thursday in a repeat of last year's US Open final.

Having come close in Australia and been unfortunate to lose to Caroline Wozniacki she was a popular victor, having avoided what would have been a crushing defeat.

She will now face Sloane Stephens in Saturday's final after the US Open champion beat Madison Keys 6-4 6-4.

Will Halep get her first major or will Stephens maintain her 100% record in finals and secure a second Grand Slam crown? Stephens looks to win her second title of the year and her seventh title of her career.

Jon Wertheim: I like what Sloane Stephens has done this tournament -it brings to mind her play at the 2017 U.S. Open, as she has found a way to blend defense with offense and blend smiling poise with fixed intensity.

She needed only 70 minutes to eliminate Sharapova and dominated her with superb returning, breaking the former No. 1 a half-dozen times. "I think she gave very little free points".

"I have actually been told quite often that I'll never win or do well because I'm too nice of a person and I just don't have it".

From there, Halep was firmly in control, and after securing the second set to force a decider, she rattled off the first five games of the third set.

She did manage to make Stephens serve for the set, though, and was stepping into the court with more authority, bringing up her first break point. I'm just going to take it in stride and just enjoy it and go out and compete. "Coming into this part of the year, I was losing a few first-round matches, matches that I wanted to be winning, of course. Just one of those days where I think she played incredibly well".

"It's really tough to get any ball by her, but especially today, she was neutralizing so well".

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