Roland Garros: Simona Halep defeats Garbine Muguruza to reach third final in Paris, will face Sloan Stephens

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Romanian tennis player, Simona Halep, 1st WTA, has qualified on Thursday, for the second year in a row, to the final of the French Open, after defeating Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 6-1, 6-4.

It is Halep’s third final at Roland Garros.

Halep had to beat the Spaniard to retain her spot atop the WTA rankings, and it never going to be easy for the Romanian, who had lost three of her four previous meetings with Muguruza – most recently at the Western & Southern Open final last summer, wtatennis.com informs.

Her one win, however, came on clay at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix back in 2015, and Halep appeared lightyears more comfortable on the terre battue on Thursday, racing out to a 5-0 lead to kick off the Court Philippe-Chatrier clash.

Muguruza eventually got on the board and started to settle into the second set, breaking serve and getting to within two games of a decider at 4-2. Halep nonetheless rallied and won a thrilling ninth game, one that saw her save three break points with some fearless hitting.

With the momentum back on her side, the Romanian broke to love to secure victory in 92 minutes and return to her second straight final in Paris.

Halep looked supremely confident off the ground – even against Muguruza’s obvious power – and struck 16 winners to 24 unforced errors.

For Muguruza, the two-time major will rue her missed break point opportunities, converting just two of eight compared to Halep’s six of 10.

In the final, Halep will face Sloane Stephens, who defeated Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 later on Thursday.

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