French Open: 2012 Champ Maria Sharapova Awaits Simona Halep in Final

In Saturday's French Open final, the No. 7-seeded Maria Sharapova will face No. 4 Simona Halep, a 22-year-old Romanian who never before had been past the quarterfinals at a major.

updated: June 06, 2014 18:50 IST
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She famously described herself years ago as feeling like a "cow on ice" on clay, but Maria Sharapova now has won her past 19 matches that went to three sets on the demanding surface.


Paris: Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that's carried her to a third consecutive French Open final.

"It's not how you finish a first set," Sharapova said, "it's how you finish the last set."

Right now, no one is a better closer than she is on clay. Nearing a second championship at Roland Garros, and fifth Grand Slam trophy overall, Sharapova gritted her way to yet another comeback victory, beating 18th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals Thursday.

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