Sloane steady wins the race for Stephens

Sloane steady wins the race for Stephens

Sloane steady wins the race for Stephens

Halep feels better equipped to finally break her duck in Paris.

No. 3 seed Muguruza professed not to know that she could overtake current world No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania by winning the Thursday semifinal.

Simona Halep finally shook off the shackles of her own expectations to clinch a Grand Slam title at the fourth time of asking in a final. In all, Halep won 12 of the final 15 games, serving out the match at 5-1 and then dropping her racket as she faced her team in the players' box with both her arms held high.

While Serena Williams insists she has zero ill will towards Maria Sharapova, their relationship has apparently been strained by the release of the Russian's autobiography, Unstoppable.

The top-seeded Halep beat the 10th-seeded Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Court Philippe-Chatrier to win the French Open on Saturday.

Muguruza had lost all three previous times she faced Sharapova, whose five Grand Slam titles include two at Roland Garros.

She endured an eight-match losing streak after leaving NY, going 0-6 for the rest of 2017 and then 0-2 to begin 2018, including a first-round loss at the Australian Open.

Serena Williams proved at the French Open that she can add to her incredible Grand Slam haul and will be "dangerous" at Wimbledon, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said Friday in an exclusive interview with Omnisport.

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"The book was a lot about me".

Stephens is a big fan of the Romanian and said: "She's a great player".

Stephens broke for 3-1 and looked in control against a more anxious opponent who had started to put ore air under her shots with some moonballs. "Not me, obviously. I don't feel pressure", said the 26-year-old Romanian.

When Stephens led by a set and 2-0, though, it appeared as if the US Open champion would improve to an unblemished 7-0 in finals.

Backed by fans who loudly chanted her first name between games, Halep went ahead 3-0 in only 15 minutes with the help of only one victor. I think there's a difference between being intense and wanting it and fighting and just not being nice, so that's something that I have always stayed true to.

I spoke to Stephens yesterday, and she told me that her recent run of success since her return from surgery-winning the U.S. Open, winning the Miami Masters, reaching the final here in Paris-has prompted her to re-assess her career and goals. Halep's only way to win this match is in straight sets. She has now made the semis at three of the four majors with Wimbledon being the only Slam where she hasn't featured in the final-four yet. That includes the French Open in 2014 and 2017, and the Australian Open in January.

Stephens then had Keys on the back foot again with another break at the start of the second, while a third break a few games later handed her a 5-2 lead.

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