Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Sloane Stephens books French Open final spot after beating Madison Keys

Sloane Stephens books French Open final spot after beating Madison Keys

In the first all-American women's semi-final in Paris since 2002, the 10th seeded Stephens broke in the third game of the opening set.

Garbine Muguruza's big strokes overwhelmed Maria Sharapova right from the start.

China's Wang Xiyu lost to American teenager Caty Mcnally 6-2, 6-1 in junior girls' singles quarterfinals.

To get here, Stephens has defeated Magdelena Frech, Camila Giorgi, Anett Kontaveit, Kasatkina and fellow American Madison Keys. "She's never forgiven me for it".

"Then I have two more days until I play the final".

"She's (Halep) won plenty of tournaments. It was a very hard match", Muguruza said.

"I was up against a great player so I had make sure I brought my best tennis".

Sloane Stephens was nowhere near Roland Garros a year ago.

MARIA Sharapova has been forced to defend aspects of her autobiography as the Russian comes to term with shattering French Open defeat.

If I'm able to play my game every match I play, then I have a better chance to win.

He briefly lost his focus toward the end of the second set when he appeared to be distracted by a spectator just before hitting a double-fault to drop his serve and give Cilic a 5-4 lead.

Another Argentine lies in wait tomorrow in the form of Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Croatian third seed Marin Čilić 7-6, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5. "I played again one of my best matches on clay".

Halep won in an hour and 32 minutes, and was awaiting the victor of the second all-American match between Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens. Both the players have met each other 21 times in their careers and there have been some epic battles between them despite Serena having a 19-2 edge over Sharapova. "Before, she didn't dare say it".

She admitted afterwards that she felt sick with nerves, adding "maybe I wasn't ready to win it, but maybe next time".

After the five-time Grand Slam victor Sharapova lost in the French Open quarterfinals to Garbine Muguruza, she hit back at Williams' accusations and comments about her book.

Sharapova did not play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated showdown with an injured chest muscle.

"Kind of a weird day", Muguruza said. However, this is usually the point in grand slams where Halep falls apart, so it's going to be interesting if the Romanian can finally close the deal on the big stage and put herself in elite company.

Here's another key category in which Muguruza has the upper hand: 2-0 in major championships.

Halep, meanwhile, has participated in a trio of major finals, losing each. Sharapova was the French Open champion in 2012 and 2014; Muguruza took the trophy in 2016.

"Obviously she's No. 1 in the world".

Like Sharapova, Halep trailed 4-0 at the outset.

That was sufficient in a set where 13th seeded Keys committed 23 unforced errors.

But Halep figured things out. He came back on court in full swing and made Schwartzman run with a combination of deep groundstrokes and subtle drop shots. Against Muguruza, there is the risk of her getting blown off the court by her opponent's power - see last year's final against the feraless and relentlessly aggressive Jelena Ostapenko.

She is certainly more used to playing on clay. I feel calm. I feel that I have to enjoy it today, the victory, because it's a great match.

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