French Open glance: Halep vs. Stephens in French Open final

French Open glance: Halep vs. Stephens in French Open final

French Open glance: Halep vs. Stephens in French Open final

Top seed Simona Halep fought back to triumph in a bruising French Open quarter-final battle against Germany's Angelique Kerber and stand two wins away from her first Grand Slam title.

It will be the 26-year-old Romanian's fourth appearance in a major final, having also lost to Caroline Wozniacki in Australia in January.

"It's been fantastic here for me", said Stephens.

But by the third set Halep had broken the German's defences as she banged in 76 percent of her first serves, with only half the unforced errors of her opponent. "It's a dream and it's so special to do it here in Paris", she said.

"I feel calm. I feel that I have to enjoy it today, the victory, because it was a great match".

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But Keys, who made 23 unforced errors in the first set, hit back hard and set up a break point at 3-2, only for Stephens to save it with a service return victor.

But Halep wasted the chance with her 10th unforced error and Stephens made her pay, drilling an unreturnable backhand into the corner to wrap up the set after just 41 minutes. But Stephens has found it tough going against Halep, who has won five of their seven previous matches - including the past four.

Stephens continued to dominate and broke in the first and seventh games of the second set to put herself in a position to serve for the match.

The American had tired irreparably, and it was her turn to fall 2-0 down at the start of the deciding set.

A nervous start from the Spaniard was immediately pounced upon by Halep for a break in the opening game.

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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