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Stephens goes after her second Grand Slam women's title in nine months at Roland Garros, where she'll face top-ranked Simona Halep of Romania in the French Open championship match. Halep has lost six of her last seven final appearances overall and is 0-3 in grand slam final appearances for her career.

Stephens, who won her maiden Slam title in NY previous year, defeated fellow American and close friend Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 having previously never got beyond the quarter-finals in Paris. I think Halep's ability to retrieve balls will keep her in the match but not lead her to a win.

"I believed in that, and my game was more relaxed".

Her third came earlier this year to another perennial underachiever on the biggest stage, Dane Caroline Wozniacki, in a marathon match in sweltering conditions at the Australian Open.

However, the world number one settled as the set wore on but, despite her improved level, was unable to force a break back, allowing the American to take the first set in 42 minutes.

Gutsy Stephens forced Halep to serve it out but, as yet another chorus of "Simona" rang around Court Philippe Chatrier from the vast Romanian contingent, she did just that. "I don't want to think about that.it's a different match, different situation", she said.

Simona Halep was so desperate to end her grand slam drought she could barely breathe as she served for the French Open.

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Upon receiving the trophy she added: "Last year was very emotional so I was living for this moment since I was 14 so thank you and I wanted this moment to happen here in France".

"She's a great player and it's always tough to play against her". "I should've changed my game when I noticed she was changing hers". Halep does not possess the power of Keys, and Stephens has shown she is one of the best movers in the game.

History repeated itself at Roland Garros but this time the world's number one player came out on the right side.

The defeat left Halep reeling, and she lost to Sharapova in the first round of last year's US Open.

Coming into the final, she was determined.

Halep listened. Now she will proudly display that bit of hardware at home.

Following her French Open defeat to Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens gave the media a reminder of her achievements in Paris.

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Halep had suffered plenty of pain in the past, losing three Slam finals prior to her victory on Saturday.

However, even after she fell behind by a break in the second set, it did not appear that any doubt had crept into her mind.

Halep, meanwhile, is 0-3 with a Grand Slam trophy at stake.

Halep, who assured herself of retaining the No. 1 ranking with the victory, earned a fourth chance to win her first major title.

But in the contest of two of the best movers in tennis, Halep had to work hard for her first hold, prevailing in a 25-shot rally for 1-1.

Nadal has a 49-0 record in the past two years against opponents other than Thiem when competing on clay.

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Kevin Durant scored 26 and Klay Thompson , gimpy ankle and all, scored 20. "His energy just kind of helps us get into our pace". I think the only dynasty is the Spurs. 11-for-11 - Trying to stop four future Hall of Famers at one time is tough.


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