Simona Halep surges back against Sloane Stephens to win French Open

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Keys will have to be patient in this semi-final, and only pull the trigger when she's ready to finish off the point.

The hold/break and head to head edges make Halep's status as a solid favourite correct, but until she lifts her first Grand Slam trophy, there will continue to be doubts about her ability in Slam finals.

Now, she once again looks like a world beater, and a player who can cause Halep plenty of problems in the final.

Top seed Simona Halep insisted that she "doesn't feel pressure" ahead of her third French Open final on Saturday, where she will face American Sloane Stephens. Stephens is one of the best movers on tour, and while Halep has started to become more aggressive, she certainly can't hit many winners against the American and will have to rely on mistakes from her opponent.

A year after losing a set-and-a-break lead in a final and four years after her French Open final debut against Maria Sharapova, Halep played stingy defense after falling behind 0-2 in the second set and made the best of some excessively long rallies, earning roaring cheers and "Si-mon-a!" chants from the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd. Her manager, Virginia Ruzici, won the French Open 40 years ago. A lot of emotion, wondering am I ever going to be the same? She's going to leave her as the No. 4 player in the world and she has no points to defend at Wimbledon. "But, yeah, I think she made everyone wait a little bit". "I lost three times until now and no one died, so it will be okay", she said after beating Garbine Muguruza in the semifinals.

Muguruza pounced on Sharapova's errors to lead 4-0.

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Simona Halep appears to be the clear favourite to win this match, which probably means she won't win it. "So I just have to be calm and keep trying".

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"I think life came at me fast after the US Open and just kind of regrouping and getting myself together, which I did well, and I started playing better and better", she explained. "Like I said, you have to just take your opportunities when you get them, and it's just match by match, basically". But she failed to convert any of those, and Halep held there, before breaking at love to end it.

She improved to 3-0 against her longtime pal and Fed Cup teammate Keys, including their US Open final last September.

Stephens managed to land a couple of late blows, but Halep confidently served it out, sealing victory on her first match point when her opponent netted a return.

Keys briefly rallied to pull one break back, but Stephens did not waste her second opportunity, sealing victory on her first match point with a glorious backhand victor down the line.

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