STEPHENS DOWN KEYS AGAIN- TO REACH FRENCH OPEN FINAL FOR THE FIRST TIME

PAIRS- US Open Grand Slam winner Sloane Stephens has reached the French Open final for the first time after defeating fellow America Madison Keys in straight sets, 6-4-6-4 on Thursday a repeat of the US Open final last year.

This was the first all American semi final since 2002, Stephens seated 10th, was composed throughout the game as Keys who has not won a set against her opponent in their last three meetings and was engulfed by unforced errors throughout the game.

After reaching the final for the first time, Stephens had never gone past the fourth round before, she said, “It’s always hard to play someone from your country and such a good friend, but I’m happy I played my tennis,”

“This is one of my favourite tournaments and I’m looking forward to Saturday. Merci Paris, je t’aime.

“I love playing here. So like I said, making the quarter-finals here was a big deal for me. I was really pleased. And obviously making the semis and finals, there is not much more you can ask for in a player.”

Stephens will next face Simona Halep in the final, she has never won against the former World Number one in their last six occassions, but she is still feeling confident, she said, “I think that I have done really well, but I’d like to keep going.”

Photo Credit- Rediff.com

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