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Simona Halep beats Muguruza at French Open to reach 4th Slam final

09 June 2018

After losing to Wozniacki in a gruelling duel in the heat of the evening at the Australian Open in January, Halep required hospitalization for severe dehydration. She led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros, but then fell apart and eventually lost to the unseeded Latvian in her second French Open final.

She led 5-2 in the second before being broken when serving for the match - only to seal victory at the second time of asking. She double-faulted three times in the opening game, part of her 27 unforced errors.

Sloane Stephens spent 11 months sidelined by a left foot injury and the surgery that followed, never dreaming that less than a year after her return she would be one match from a second Grand Slam title. Only a loss to Dominika Cibulkova in the 2009 quarterfinals here, in which she won only two games, was worse.

SIMONA Halep insists she is not scarred by the traumas of three grand slam final defeats, vowing to erase the memories before tackling Sloane Stephens in the French Open decider.

Both reeled off impressive semi-finals wins.

Stephens, who defeated Keys to win the US Open a year ago, will face top-ranked Simona Halep of Romania in the final on Saturday.

She lost her first set of this tournament, and since then she's been all business, winning with tactics and winning with superior movement. As she knows better than anyone, it is her fourth major final, and after various disappointments of various degrees, she is ready to take the trophy. Halep is a three-time runner-up at majors, including in Paris in 2014 and 2017. "It's very hard. I think more when I do play Madi".

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"Before, I gave it a lot of importance so that's why you're fighting every week, and I got there".

On the other side of the net will be an equally cool customer. It also was a rematch of the US Open final won by Stephens in September previous year.

'I have had good opportunities in finals, and I have taken advantage of them, ' the American said.

"I love playing here". I like clay. I mean, the court suits my game pretty well.

"I'm going to have to be the one to try to open up the court and go for my shots. But I'm still trying to find the right person".

She regrouped and got headed back in the right direction.

"I will play for the fans from all over the world, because I know that many are hoping me to win this Grand Slam finally".

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And even if I repeat it, I played the best match here. 'She's won plenty of tournaments. The fact that she became No. 1 has given her a different dimension, a different stature. "I will relax. We will see what is going to happen Saturday, but for sure I will fight for every ball". He went on to win the U.S. Open the same year by defeating Federer in the final. Someone has to win. She is the better overall player than Stephens, and clay just widens the margin.

Is it Halep's time?

"It's an extremely hard task to do".

Williams is expected to be sidelined for a couple of weeks, he said, so the 36-year-old is set to grace the famous grass at the All England Club.

"It's tough to speak now", the fifth-seeded Argentine player said.

She seems genuinely relaxed about her destiny, with the demons of the past exorcised.

The times are good now.

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Simona Halep beats Muguruza at French Open to reach 4th Slam final