Halep Reaches Debute Grand Slam Final Against Sharapova

Maria Sharapova came through a hard-fourth semi-final tie against Eugene Bouchard to reach the French Open final on Thursday.

The Russian came back from a set down to beat the 20-year-old Canadian 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 27 minutes.

The 2012 Champion will face fourth seed Simona Halep in Saturday’s final, after the Romanian saw off Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

Simona Halep Beats Andrea Petkovic to Claim Her First Grand Slam Final Berth.
Simona Halep Beats Andrea Petkovic to Claim Her First Grand Slam Final Berth.

Halep will be competing in her first Grand Slam final against Sharapova, whom she has lost all three of their previous meetings, including the Madrid Open where the four-time Majors winner likewise came from a set down to claim victory.

Against Bouchard was the third time in a row seventh seed Sharapova had to recover from a set down, following same outcomes against Sam Stosur and Garbine Muguruza in the previous two rounds.

Halep maintained her impressive form of the last 12-months in the second semi-final of the day. She is yet to lose a set in the ongoing Roland Garros championship.

The 22-year-old wouldn’t rather be tagged a novice in her first Grand Slam final, having won seven singles since last year’s French Open.

She sealed off the first set against 28th seed Petkovic- also playing in her first Grand Slam semi-final- in 28 minutes before fighting it out in a thrilling second set.

Petkovic broke early and had two points for 4-1, only to hand the advantage back with a double-fault and two errors.

Halep, though under pressure serving second in the set, held her nerve before edging a nervous tie-break from both players.