Muguruza dominates Sharapova, Halep also into French Open semifinals

Muguruza dominates Sharapova, Halep also into French Open semifinals

- Simona Halep after being asked the secret to playing a strong first set.

In her first Grand Slam since the memoir came out last September, Williams called the book "100 percent hearsay", referring to the sections about her, which primarily focus on the 2004 Wimbledon final.

Halep then seized her chance, moving 0-40 ahead and then raising her arms in triumph as Muguruza blazed a backhand long.

Ahead of the French Open 2018 clash, the 23-time Grand Slam victor called out the parts related to her in Sharapova's autobiography as "hearsay".

The world No. 1 had to dig deep to win this French Open final, as Sloane Stephens' defense presented problems early on, but in the end she absolutely earned a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory.

Stephens' victory in the 2017 US Open final and her form this year at Roland-Garros means she should not be considered the underdog, says Harry Floyd of LobAndSmash.com.

"I think there is a lot of autobiographies out in the world, especially in the sporting world, that don't necessarily speak about whether they were rivals or someone they competed against".

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"The start of the tournament was a bit rough, but she was starting to play better and better and she was starting the second week feeling confident, thinking she can win this one and suddenly because of an injury she is out, so it was very disappointing", he said. Obviously she's No. 1 in the world for a reason. 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.

She did manage to make Stephens serve for the set, though, and was stepping into the court with more authority, bringing up her first break point.

"So we will see what is going to happen, but I just want to be smiling on court". This is Halep's third final appearance in the French Open.

"It's really tough to get any ball by her, but especially today, she was neutralizing so well".

And though there was some brief drama when Keys conjured up a break of her own just as Stephens was serving for the match, it only served to delay the inevitable. She saved five match points on her way to the final, only to fall just short against Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first major title.

"Life came at me fast after the U.S. Open", said Stephens, whose late father, John, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year with the New England Patriots. I'm backing Halep to win in three sets. And I think we played many matches.

The 10th-seeded Stephens' opponent in Saturday's final will be Simona Halep, who emphatically ended the impressive French Open run of 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza by defeating her 6-1, 6-4.

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