French Open Women’s Final Open Thread: Maria Sharapova v Simona Halep
by Staff | June 7th, 2014, 3:58 am
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Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova meets rising star Simona Halep Saturday for the 2014 French Open women’s title. Sharapova returns for her third straight French Open final after completing the career Slam two years ago in 2012.

The 22-year-old Halep is making her Grand Slam final debut. But the Romanian hasn’t lost a set in six matches while Sharapova has gone three sets in her last three matches.

These two finalist just played last month with the Russian winning in three in the Madrid final.

‘We played a few weeks ago, and it was a very, very tough match,” said Sharapova. “I was happy to get through that one, because we hadn’t played in a long time since then. Her level has definitely increased in the last year. With the way she’s been playing, she’s always a difficult player to play against. I think she’s playing really well. She hasn’t dropped a set this tournament.

“Despite all that, I’m in a Grand Slam final. No matter who is across the net, I feel it’s a great opportunity for the both of us. I’ll be there until the very last point.”

Halep, who was ranked outside the Top 50 a year ago, wants revenge.

“I have to take that revenge. I will fight for this one,” Halep said. “I played a really good match in Madrid first set. I started really well. I was very fast on court, and I opened the angles very well. But she came back very, very well and she hit strong, stronger than me at that moment.

“Now, I have to be aggressive again, to play fast, like my style, and to stay there with the nerves. It will be a tough moment for me. I know. I’m sure that will be. But I have to be happy and just to enjoy. I cannot say how I will feel Saturday. I cannot now. I don’t know how is it to play a final of a Grand Slam.”

[7] MARIA SHARAPOVA (RUS #8) vs. [4] SIMONA HALEP (ROU #4)
Sharapova leads all-time head-to-head 3-0
They met last month in the Madrid final with Sharapova winning 16 62 63

* Sharapova has advanced to her 9th career Grand Slam singles final, including her third consecutive final at Roland Garros.

* Sharapova would be the first Russian (male or female) to win the same Grand Slam title twice.

* Sharapova has advanced to the final by winning three consecutive matches in 3-sets. Sharapova has won 26 of her last 27 matches on clay decided in 3-sets, including 19-straight; her last 3-set loss came at 2010 Roland Garros (R16, l. Henin).

* Sharapova has dropped the opening set in three consecutive matches; she is 8-4 in 2014 when dropping the
opening set.

* Sharapova is defending only one match win in the second half of the season; she lost in the second round at Wimbledon and lost her opening match at Cincinnati; she missed the remainder of the year due to a shoulder injury.

* If Sharapova wins the title at Roland Garros, she will move to No.2 on the all-time prize money earnings, passing current No.2 Venus Williams. Serena Williams owns the top spot.

* Sharapova is 36-34 during her career against Top 5 ranked opponents, including 11-7 at Grand Slams; 10 of her last 12 Top 5 wins have been on clay (other two came at 2012 WTA Finals).

* Sharapova recorded her first Top 10 win on clay at 2011 Rome; since then 12 of her last 16 Top 5 wins have been on clay.

* Halep won the 2008 Roland Garros girls’ singles title. Only 5 players have won the Roland Garros women’s
singles title after winning the Roland Garros girls’ singles title (Durr, Jausovec, Mandlikova, Capriati and Henin).

* Halep is the first woman from Romania to reach a Grand Slam final in 34 years, when Virginia Ruzici was runnerup at 1980 Roland Garros (l. Evert). Ruzici, who is currently Halep’s manager, won the title at Roland Garros in 1978.

* Halep is bidding to become the eighth different Roland Garros champion in the past eight years.

* Halep has advanced to the final without dropping a set. She is the first player to do this at a Grand Slam since Martina Hingis (1997 Australian Open) reached her first Grand Slam final without dropping a set. There have been 68 Grand Slam events played since the 1997 Australian Open. Hingis went on to win that final in straight sets (d. Pierce).

* The last woman to win the title at Roland Garros without dropping a set was Justine Henin (2007).

* Only one player born in the 1990s – male or female – has won a Grand Slam title. (Kvitova, born in 1990 won 2011 Wimbledon). Born September 27, 1991, Halep would become the second born in the 1990s – and first 1991 or later – to win a Grand Slam title.

SATURDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Court Philippe Chatrier 3:00 PM Start
1. Women’s Singles – Final
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[7] vs. Simona Halep (ROU)[4]
2. Men’s Doubles – Final
Marcel Granollers (ESP)[12] vs. Julien Benneteau (FRA)[11]
Marc Lopez (ESP)[12] Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)[11]

WEATHER.COM SATURDAY PARIS FORECAST
A mix of clouds and sun. Warm. High 82F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

WILLIAM HILL ODDS
Maria Sharapova 1.67 v Simona Halep 2.30

US TV SCHEDULE
NBC will have live coverage of the match starting at 9am ET.


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52 Comments for French Open Women’s Final Open Thread: Maria Sharapova v Simona Halep

Margot Says:

Good luck Simona! Just keep Maria moving and moving and moving. That’s all you have to do…;) Oh and take some ear plugs!


Josh Says:

And make sure to win in 2 sets


Giles Says:

C’mon Halep. Lift the trophy!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

oh man, this criying and grundting and fake fist pumping after every point (be it meaningless or not) its quite annoying

and on the other hand halep, quite, composed, the more professional of the two

hope maria loses like he did to kvitoa and azarenka when both played their first GS final and maria was the favourite

4-4 in GS finals isnt quite all time great stuff from maria


Salleh Ahmed Says:

marias grunts dont make any sense at all


mat4 Says:

Great match so far.


mark Says:

Shar-a-po-va
Even the name…

If I ever on desert Island, she is the partner I would choose. She might wake the monkeys though…


Hippy Chic Says:

Dont like her or her game,but her fighting qualities are unbelievable,come on Simona….


Hippy Chic Says:

Those screams seem to differ,depending on the scoreline….


mark Says:

Maria looks sharp and locked in. She could just do ads and model, but she is a COMPETITOR FIRST. Respect.


mat4 Says:

@Alison:

Me neither. But I like her backend.


C!P! Says:

thank you all for supporting my countryman ,Simona ,a bit surprised no one here likes Sharapova . Great much so far , cant believe Shazza reaches some of those groundstrokes! whatever happens ,i’m proud of Halep !


C!P! Says:

is it just me or it seems like a battle of good (Halep) vs. evil (sharapova) ?


mat4 Says:

My previous post was a joke, if you didn’t notice…

Yes, Halep plays like an improved Jankovic, with the same grace, running like a gazelle. But she has a great FH, uses spins and angles beautifully. She could be no 1 soon.


Hippy Chic Says:

Mat4 lol yeah i bet you do….


gannu Says:

Sharapova is just an unbelievable fighter
And a champion… so much vitriol
Towards her…appreciate her attitude
And determination which is second to none

I will root for u all the way…come on


Hippy Chic Says:

I agree with what Polo said,players who have way more talent Stosur,Garbine,Genie,Halep are all too easily intimidated by Maria,tennis is as much about what goes on in the mind,as to what goes on also on a court,,the only one that doesnt feel that is Serena,in fact its the other way around with those two….


mark Says:

Maria playing at a HIGH level. She has to against a machine like Halep.


ertorque Says:

Maria’s height advantage is the main reason why Halep is losing


mark Says:

Uh-oh


mark Says:

What a point!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

come on halep

maria is so lucky. how on earth did she get the re break

but again chance for serving the set


Hippy Chic Says:

Is this just choking when serving for a set pftt pathetic?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

wtf of a game was that

and string broke

i cant believe that

tie break now


Salleh Ahmed Says:

4-2 in the TB

simone has a mounatin to climb now

plz rescue tennis


Salleh Ahmed Says:

the world doesnt need champions like sharapova

total disgusting


mat4 Says:

The world doesn’t need tennis at all. Nonsense.

Maria Sharapova is a great champion.


Hippy Chic Says:

Go Simona you gutsy girl yay….


C!P! Says:

is there a player more unsportsmanlike than sharapova ,i mean come on ,all that screaming ,all these pathetic delays (and no warning?) ,how much more crapis she going to give us?


Hippy Chic Says:

Maria is a great champion,whatever ones feelings are about the girl,you have to give her all due and respect….


Salleh Ahmed Says:

alleez, come on , vamos halep

u deserved the second set


C!P! Says:

i know i’m biased towards Simona ,being also a romanian ,and subjective , but still i’m surprised the umpire doesnt take any action against the russian


Salleh Ahmed Says:

how should i respect a player who does lots of gamesmanship?


Okiegal Says:

I think the women umpirettes are the least forgiving. They will slap a warning on a player before you know it. Typical women’s match….can’t hold serve……


Hippy Chic Says:

SA yeah its rather annoying when shes cheering every one of her oponents errors like her life depends upon it….


Okiegal Says:

Maria wants this bad, I’ll say that for her. The rookie has been hanging tough so far, but can she continue?? I think Halep is destined for great things to come. Kudos to her for a great tourney!

Uh oh df from Maria.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

break for 4-4

she is still in it


Okiegal Says:

Uh oh another double fault from sugar pants, lost the game and as I said women can’t hold serve.


Hippy Chic Says:

Alot of breaks of serve,niether particulally good at holding serve,the likes of Steffi,Martina or even Serena would cream these two….


Salleh Ahmed Says:

halep gave what she could. she will only learn from this

but maria wins. congratz to her. but i wont like her in my life for her attitude


Hippy Chic Says:

Congrats to Maria Sharapova well deserved,sorry for Simona,im sure she will bag a GS sooner or later,she just ran into a brick wall today….


calmdownplease Says:

You’ve got to hand it to her,
She totally deserved it.
Halep’s day will come.
Also liked Maria’s climb over the stands to her team
Very Andy Murray!


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP i love it when players do that too,when Andy did it last year at Wimbledon and hugged his mum,i cried my eyes out….


calmdownplease Says:

Ive not cried for many years being such a tough guy, lol.
But my word it was a lovelt day indeed.
Very enjoyable match Today, it would be nice if the ladies pulled their weight on the tour like this most of the time.
It would make for a great sporting experience.
Chrissy’s here!


calmdownplease Says:

I still don’t think Sharapova is as hot as she is made out to be,
Maybe for a tennis player…..


Josh Says:

Best women’s final I’ve seen in about 9 years – the quality was very high in the first set and a half, and the battle of wills was immense. Maria thoroughly deserves it, she’s had to fight through 4 3-set matches in a row to lift the trophy.
Halep no doubt will lift multiple Grand Slams in the future.


mat4 Says:

First, kudos to my fav for her second victory in France, and kudos to all her fan, me included.

Then, let’s face it: she is the master of gameswomanship. The umpires should react to her behaviour. And I don’t mean the shrieking here, although it is… unfair, to say the least, but the pauses when he serve, to put her opponent out of rhythm. This can and has to be sanctioned.


Hippy Chic Says:

Mat4 its as Okiegal says the lady umpires have the right idea they take no prisoners,especially that Eva….


Hippy Chic Says:

Mat4 its as Okiegal says the lady umpires have the right idea they take no prisoners,especially that Eva….


mat4 Says:

@CDP:

Just to quote of my wily friends: “Seen better, had worse…”


calmdownplease Says:

Preach!
Oh, the day after the night before,
If you are able to remember it that is, lol.


Hippy Chic Says:

Mat4/CDP stop it lol….

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