Simona Halep reaches French Open final and retains number one ranking

So easy for Muguruza against Sharapova, Latest Tennis News

While top-seed Halep is chasing her maiden Grand Slam title at the Roland Garros, Muguruza is bidding to make her fourth Grand Slam final and second career French Open final.

Halep had arrived in Paris on a hot streak, reaching at least the quarter-finals in her last nine clay-court tournaments and losing only one set on her way to facing Kerber in Paris.

It was the flawless way for the Romanian to banish the demons of her painful final defeat by Jelena Ostapenko 12 months ago, when she blew a lead of a set and 3-0.

"Then I have two more days until I play the final. I will relax. We will see what is going to happen Saturday, but for sure I will fight for every ball".

"When you don't take your chances against the No. 1 in the world, you're in trouble".

"In the last game I felt like I could not breathe anymore", said Halep.

"I started in the first set not matching her level", said Muguruza, the reigning Wimbledon champion.

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 U.S. Open final.

That match was also won, comprehensively, by Stephens for her first grand slam crown.

Stephens continued to dominate and broke in the first and seventh games of the second set to put herself in a position to serve for the match.

"It's always hard to play someone from your country and such a good friend, but I'm happy I played my tennis", Stephens said.

Stephens managed to land a couple of late blows, but Halep confidently served it out, sealing victory on her first match point when her opponent netted a return.

"It will be another great opportunity on Saturday and I'm really looking forward to it".

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