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It has been a humble and storied run for Sloane Stephen who is all set to face Simona Halep for the French Open title. After sitting in the sidelines the past 11 months, the American tennis player hopes to snag her second Grand Slam title.

She had to get over fellow American netter Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final. It was the first all-American semifinal at the French Open since 2002 and a rematch of the U.S. Open final won by Stephens last September.

“It’s always hard playing someone from your country and such a good friend,” Stephens said, “so I was really pleased to be able to get through that and play some good tennis.”

The 10th seeded Stephens faces a dangerous adversary in Simona Halep who made it by defeating Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4. She earned a fourth chance to win her first major title.

“I lost three times until now and no one died,” Halep said, “so it will be OK.”

If Halep’s performance is any indication, Stephens is in for a tough match. Madison Keys can attest to that.

“It’s really tough to get any ball by her, but especially today, she was neutralizing so well. And she was hitting so many deep, heavy balls, that I really felt like I was having to go for a lot,” said Keys, who is now 0-3 against Stephens.

Stephens faces Halep for the French Open title this Saturday, June 9, 9:00 A.M. E.T.

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Lamar Green


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