French Open 2014: Simona Halep sets up a final clash with Maria Sharapova for Roland Garros title

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Simona Halep has truly redefined herself since last year and justified her world ranking among the top four as she progressed to her maiden final at Roland Garros. The fourth seeded Romanian maintained her perfect record of not dropping a single set in the tournament with 6-2, 7-5 win over Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the second semi-finals played on Thursday.

Simona Halep and Andrea Petkovic were scheduled second in the order of play at the Philippe Chatrier Court after the match between Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard. The two players making their first semi-finals appearance at the majors looked at ease but it was the highest seed left in the draw Halep that drew the first blood. She directed her points against the German player and raced to win the first set 6-2 in just 28 minutes.

Petkovic who played a near perfect game against the tenth seed Sara Errani in the quarter-finals found rhythm in the second set. She broke Halep’s service twice to gain two break points and was leading 4-1 in the second set looking to level the sets. But the string of unforced errors from Andrea Petkovic gave away the advantage bringing it back to serves.

The second set went to tie-breakers with both the players facing difficulty in holding their serves and finally it was Halep’s controlled nerves that helped her win it 7-4. This is the first tie-breaker Halep wass playing in the French Open 2014 and farthest stretched by any player.

Earlier in the day, seventh seed Maria Sharapova had a testing time playing against 20 year-old Eugenie Bouchard. The Russian tennis star defeated Bouchard after an almost two and half hour match, winning in three sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. With yet another three set match win, Sharapova maintained her undefeated 19th consecutive deciding set win on clay.

With both the wins, the final line-up for French Open 2014 women’s singles match is ready – Maria Sharapova vs Simona Halep on a Super Saturday.