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Sharapova faces Halep in French Open women's final on TSN

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TSN.ca Staff
6/6/2014 8:08:14 PM
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The French Open women's final pits a veteran who is no stranger to centre court against a rookie when it comes to playing on the final weekend of a Grand Slam.

2012 champion Maria Sharapova goes up against fourth-seeded Simona Halep in Saturday's final at Roland Garros.

Watch the match live on TSN, TSN.ca and TSN GO at 9am et/6am pt.

Sharapova, who has an impressive 18-1 record on clay this season, will be looking for her second French Open title in three years after losing to Serena Williams in last year's final.

Already with a career Grand Slam on her resume, the seventh-seeded Sharapova eliminated Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals en route to Saturday's final.

It was the third straight match in which she lost the first set but rebounded for the victory. She struggled with her serve in the match, double-faulting nine times and getting broken four times. 

"I don't feel that I played my best tennis, but to be in the semifinals of a Grand Slam and winning a match where I felt my opponent played extremely well, exceptional tennis, and I didn't feel that I was playing my best, I fought, I scrambled, and I found a way to win," said Sharapova after the match.

The last time Sharapova lost a three-set match on clay was at the 2010 French Open, when she was ousted by Justine Henin in the third round.
  
Halep defeated 28th-seeded Andrea Petkovic,6-2, 7-6(4) in her first Grand Slam semifinal match on Thursday.

The Romanian hasn't lost a set in the tournament so far, becoming the first player since Lindsay Davenport at the 1998 US Open to reach her first Grand Slam final in that fashion.

The Romanian has lost all three meetings with Sharapova, including a 1-6 6-2 6-3 decision in the final of the Madrid Open last month.

Halep, who was ranked 57th last year, will move up to third in the world rankings regardless of Saturday's result.



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