Offbeat 4th time's the charm: Halep tops Stephens to win French Open

18:30  09 june  2018
18:30  09 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

The Latest: Stephens into first French Open quarterfinal

  The Latest: Stephens into first French Open quarterfinal American Sloane Stephens is into her first quarterfinal at the French Open, having stalled in the fourth round on four previous occasions. The U.S. Open champion in 2017 blew past Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-2, 6-0 in just 52 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier. The 25th-seeded Kontaveit was unable to exert any pressure on the 10th-seeded Stephens with her error-strewn game.Stephens faced no break points.Kontaveit made 21 unforced errors and hit just six clean winners.___3:20 p.m.

Stephens advanced to the French Open final for the first time on Thursday, beating Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 in an The Spaniard went on to claim the title with a win over Serena Williams and added her second Grand Slam title when she won at Wimbledon past year - giving her two more than Halep .

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 . Nadal reached his 11th French Open semifinal as he bids for a record-extending 11th title at the "And then when we get on the court, it' s time to compete.

Simona Halep plays a forehand against Sloane Stephens at the 2018 French Open.© Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Simona Halep plays a forehand against Sloane Stephens at the 2018 French Open.

PARIS (AP) -- Simona Halep kept telling everybody who would listen: She was a different player. She was stronger mentally. She wanted so much to finally win a Grand Slam title and was sure that, one day, she would.

After three losses in major finals, maybe Halep was trying to convince herself as much as anyone else she actually could do it. Either way, she was right.

Halep added Grand Slam trophy No. 1 to her No. 1 ranking, coming back from a set and a break down to beat Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Saturday and win the French Open championship in a match made up of long points and key momentum swings.

American pals Stephens, Keys both reach 1st French Open QF

  American pals Stephens, Keys both reach 1st French Open QF Madison Keys was keeping an eye on a TV, watching her pal Sloane Stephens pull out a tight three-set victory. ''Living and dying on every point in the end,'' Keys said. ''I saw her in the locker room, and I was like, `God, you made me nervous at the end.' She was like, `You were nervous?'''The two young Americans are friends who have known each other for about a decade. They're Fed Cup and Olympic teammates. They even debuted in a Grand Slam final together, when Stephens beat Keys for last year's U.S. Open title.

Today’ s Picks: Sunday’ s top betting tips from the French Open . And before you give the Halep the edge here, know that Stephens doesn’t really care, seemingly. “Somebody’ s going to win ,” Stephens said.

PARIS — Simona Halep emphatically ended the impressive French Open run of 2016 champion Garbine Halep ' s fourth chance to win her first Grand Slam title will come against reigning U. S . Open In all, Keys made 41 unforced errors, 30 more than Stephens . Muguruza, a two- time major

The 26-year-old Halep lost in two previous appearances in a final at Roland Garros, against Maria Sharapova in 2014 and Jelena Ostapenko in 2017. Halep fell to 0-3 with a trophy on the line at the Australian Open in January, beaten by Caroline Wozniacki.

She trailed against Stephens, but this time Halep was able to turn it around. 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.

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The women's final is set. In the first semifinal on Philippe-Chatrier, world No. 1 Simona Halep defeated No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4 to reach her second consecutive French Open final and third final at Roland Garros overall. She'll have yet another chance to fill the gaping void in her resume by winning her first Grand Slam. In the first semifinal on Philippe-Chatrier, world No. 1 Simona Halep defeated No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4 to reach her second consecutive French Open final and third final at Roland Garros overall. She'll have yet another chance to fill the gaping void in her resume by winning her first Grand Slam.

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