Maria Sharapova fires back at Serena in book feud

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I think everything will be normal.

"She was playing incredible right away, and I think I should have done something a little bit better to not let it go so fast".

It is the 11th time the 32-year-old Spaniard has reached the French Open last four, becoming only the third man in history to achieve the feat at a Grand Slam tournament, after Jimmy Connors at the US Open and Roger Federer at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

A year later, Halep and Stephens are set to clash in the Roland Garros final on Saturday.

She had never made it past the fourth round on the red clay of Paris until now.

"They obviously both move really well".

Prior to her career revival at the US Open, Stephens was a phenomenon of sorts in the early 20-teens. "So it's just, like, I think it would be more shocking if I wasn't in tears".

That matchup could make for long, riveting exchanges. For the tournament, she's committed a total of 79 errors in four matches. She has consistently made deep runs into nearly every tournament that she has entered, but she has also suffered perplexing heavy losses, like the 6-3, 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Naomi Osaka in the Indian Wells semi-finals.

The second set followed a similar pattern as Keys lost her first service game, although there was brief hope for the 13th seed when she broke for the first time when Stephens was serving for the match at 5-2. "But she did a great job of not getting overconfident".

Keys briefly rallied to pull one break back, but Stephens did not waste her second opportunity, sealing victory on her first match point with a glorious backhand victor down the line. Their French Open quarterfinal on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) was no contest at all, a 6-2 6-1 one-way journey. The fact that she became No. 1 has given her a different dimension, a different stature. There are always going to be times when it's really tough, and there will be times when you're on an extreme high. Psychologically, she's also much better. I like her chances to win her second Major on Saturday. "Of course, both she and Halep are having fantastic runs at the 2018 French Open, but Stephens in particular has been reinvigorated".

According to Becker, it was Muguruza's lack of good defence and a back-up plan that might have resulted in her loss.

There certainly have been chances already.

But favouritism, and her status as the world number one, invites its own pressure - especially as she has come off second best in her first three Grand Slam finals. Stephens, on the other hand, showed no signs of nerves in her one Grand Slam final win in NY previous year. "There's not as much, "Come ons" and things like that".

She looked composed in beating Keys in straight sets in the semi-final in Paris and has a straightforward mindset for Saturday's showdown with Halep.

But Stephens has grown as a player thanks to two particularly trying stretches. After suffering a heavy defeat against Garbine Muguruza in the French Open quarter-finals, Maria Sharapova has hit back at Serena Williams's accusations that the Russian's autobiography was "100 per cent hearsay", insisting contentious references to her arch-rival are accurate.

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