1 with Garbine Muguruza

1 with Garbine Muguruza

1 with Garbine Muguruza

Sharapova, playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, suffered her most one-sided defeat at the Slams since a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Victoria Azarenka in the 2012 Australian Open final.

A sweeping, running forehand into an open court gave her the set with Muguruza having managed just two winners.

Muguruza's last stand came at 4-all in the second set, a 13-minute game in which she held three break points.

Sharapova never recovered from serving up 3 double faults in the first game.

Stephens advanced to the French Open final for the first time on Thursday, beating Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 in an all-American semifinal on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Halep is aware she can not afford another poor start on Thursday against 24-year-old Muguruza who has been tested just once in Paris and that was in the first round where fellow former victor Svetlana Kuznetsova pushed her to a tiebreak in the first set.

I want to side with Halep, but I can't bet against Muguruza in her current form.

The 2012 and 2014 Paris champion, who missed the 2016 tournament because of a doping ban and previous year when she was refused a wild card, was broken six times, committed 27 unforced errors and won just five points on her own serve in the second set.

Like Halep, Stephens is an incredibly talented defensive player, and she kept stretching points Thursday until Keys would err.

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Twice the runner-up in Paris, Halep has qualified for the final by defeating 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4.

"If I make it all, it's very well".

"I have actually been told quite often that I'll never win or do well because I'm too nice of a person and I just don't have it".

"I will focus on myself, like I did every match here".

"Life came at me fast after the U.S. Open", said Stephens, whose late father, John, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year with the New England Patriots. And I will try just to be calm during the match and try everything I can. "I've had issues with the right pectoral muscle to the point where I can't serve", said the 36-year-old after withdrawing from the match.

A rare misplaced groundstroke from Halep gave third seed Muguruza a break to get on the board at 5-1, but Halep put away another forehand victor to take a one-sided opening set.

The American pair have contrasting styles, with Stephens' game based on her athleticism and ability to get many balls back, while also turning defence into offence fairly quickly.

She also failed to win a single service game in the opener.

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