- Halep hoping to do her fans proud.
In fact, her next match win after the US Open did not come until Acapulco in February.
Stephens, on the other hand, showed no signs of nerves in her one Grand Slam final win in NY past year. Halep turned around and raised her arms, looking relieved as much as pleased.
Tennis star Maria Sharapova's stars seem to have aligned and her life appears to be headed in the right direction.
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Muguruza had lost all three previous times she faced Sharapova, whose five Grand Slam titles include two at Roland Garros.
Halep, meanwhile, is 0-3 with a Grand Slam trophy at stake. When Stephens is keeping the ball in play and aggressive defensively, she's one of the tougher players on tour to beat.
Halep became the first woman from Romania to claim a Grand Slam title since her current manager, Virginia Ruzici, won the French Open 40 years ago. Virginia Ruzici won at Roland Garros in 1978. However, despite how well Halep has played up to this point, she has a lot of showing and proving to do, as she's developed a history of choking in final appearances. She also was coming off a lopsided victory in the quarterfinals a day earlier, overwhelming Sharapova 6-2, 6-1. She got even closer in last year's final against Jelena Ostapenko, an unseeded Latvian, before losing a one-set, 3-0 lead as Ostapenko took big swings and risks, most of which paid off. That's why I got angry with someone. Of her first 14 points, 13 arrived via errors by Muguruza - nine unforced, four forced.
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Muguruza leads Halep 3-1 head-to-head, but this is their first Grand Slam matchup.
But she failed to convert any of those, and Halep held there, before breaking at love to end it. "So I think that's why I won today", Halep said.
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. "So maybe I will have enough power to win it". I was, like, 'OK, next round.' That's just kind of how you handle it. "I think there are a lot of good things like the way my body has handled the long matches that I have played, the back-to-backs".
Simona Halep was French Open runner up in 2014 and 2017 - will it be third time lucky for the Romanian? We saw that in last year's U.S. Open-she came right out of the gates firing on all cylinders.
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Stephens enters Saturday's French Open final against No 1 Halep with a 6-0 record in tournament title matches. Although Halep has worked on her mental toughness for just this moment, I don't believe she has any weapons to really hurt Stephens.