4th time's the charm: Halep tops Stephens to win French Open

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But I love everything about Sloane Stephens' attitude when it comes to big matches, and I think it gives her the slightest of edges.

Muguruza had thrashed Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals but Halep was a different proposition entirely, and it seemed she knew it.

- Garbine Muguruza expects Halep to finally break her Grand Slam title duck in her fourth final.

Stephens closed in on her second Grand Slam title by beating pal Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday in the first all-American semi-final at the French Open since 2002.

The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.

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.

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Halep opened up with a hold and the break as the momentum switched and Stephens struggled to cope with the raise in intensity from her opponent.

Dominic Thiem attempts to win a first French Open title, too, when he faces Rafael Nadal in Sunday's men's final. "I'll come here Friday, have a hit, have lunch here, go to my room, watch TV, wait till dinner, have dinner, go to sleep".

"I think the book was 100 percent hearsay, at least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing", said Williams, who played in her first Grand Slam since giving birth past year.

"I think it would be unusual for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years", Sharapova said. I tried to do too much.

A nervous start from the Spaniard was immediately pounced upon by Halep for a break in the opening game.

Wimbledon begins in about three weeks' time, and Halep can certainly translate her offense-defense combination to grass.

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While Keys fired far more winners during the match - 25 to Stephens' eight - she also produced a whopping 39 unforced errors - 28 more than her opponent.

The Romanian broke at the start of the second set and then held for 6-3 as Kerber dropped her serve again in the ninth game.

Simona Halep was French Open runner up in 2014 and 2017 - will it be third time lucky for the Romanian? But I get closer to them, just asking who was it? Halep's only way to win this match is in straight sets.

After making 30 unforced errors in the first set, which she lost 7-6 (2), Halep finally found the right rhythm to dictate points with deep groundstrokes and aggressive returns.

"When I was down a break in the second set I just tried to relax and enjoy the match". Although Halep has worked on her mental toughness for just this moment, I don't believe she has any weapons to really hurt Stephens.

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