French Open: Maria Sharapova vs. Simona Halep. Who Wins? Our Preview and Prediction!


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French Open: Maria Sharapova vs. Simona Halep. Who Wins? Our Preview and Prediction!

ROLAND GARROS - SATURDAY 7th JUNE 2014 M Sharapova Vs S Halep Head to Head Record M Sharapova Leads the Series 3 - 0 2012 Indian Wells M Sharapova 6 3 6 4
2012 Beijing M Sharapova 7 5 7 5
2014 Madrid M Sharapova 1 6 6 2 6 3 Road to the Final M Sharapova First Round Ksenia Pervak 6 1 6 2
Second Round Tsvetana Pironkova 7 5 6 2
Third Round Paula Ormaechea 6 0 6 0
Fourth Round Samantha Stosur 3 6 6 4 6 0
Quarter Final Garbine Muguruza 1 6 7 5 6 1
Semi Final Eugenie Bouchard 4 6 7 5 6 2 S Halep First Round Alisa Kleybanova 6 0 6 2
Second Round Heather Watson 6 2 6 4
Third Round Maria-Teresa Flor 6 3 6 0
Fourth Round Sloane Stephens 6 4 6 3
Quarter Final Svetlana Kuznetsova 6 2 6 2
Semi Final Andrea Petkovic 6 2 7 6 (7 4) Interesting facts for the Final This will be Maria Sharapova's ninth Grand Slam final, she has won four finals, and has lost four finals.

Simona Halep will be playing in her first Grand Slam final. Maria Sharapova will be looking to be the 12th player to have won five Grand Slam Titles, should she prevail Simona Halep will rise to number three on the WTA Rankings, regardless of the result Maria Sharapova will rise to number six if she loses, and number five if she wins, Sharapova has hardly points to defend after Roland Garros.

Maria Sharapova will be looking to become the first Russian player, to have won twice at the same Grand Slam. Simona Halep will be looking to become only the sixth woman to win the girls title and the ladies title. The last woman to have Roland Garros without dropping a set was Justine Henin in 2007, Halep will be looking to match that record.

Keys to the Match Maria Sharapova has not shown her best form coming into the final, has she has been pushed to three sets, in her last three matches. This is the first time in the Russian's career, that she has won three consecutive matches from a set down.

Simona Halep has breezed her way through to her first Grand Slam final. The Romanian has not dropped a set, and she is the first woman since Martina Hingis in 1997, to reach a debut final at a Grand Slam, without dropping a set.

Sharapova leads the head to head record. She has yet to lose to Halep. Although the final in Madrid will lead many to believe, Halep could walk away with her first Grand Slam Title. Halep did show in Madrid, she can come out and dominate the Russian.

Sharapova really had to fight to claim her victory in Madrid in three tough sets. Halep has served well throughout the championships, whereas Sharapova has struggled at times with many double faults to her name. One factor which has to be easy to witness is that Sharapova has fought with all of her heart to reach the final, coming back from near defeats against, Stosur, Muguruza and Bouchard.

Furthermore, Sharapova has shown she can change her game and adapt her game plan to counteract her opponent. Halep has won in straight sets, could this be the deciding factor. If Sharapova has a chance of winning, she will need to win the first set and increase her first serve percentage.

Halep has the best defending skills and again, this could be a deciding factor in the outcome for the new Champion! PREDICTION: A shock victory for Simona Halep, who will claim her first Grand Slam Champion. A star could be born in Paris on Saturday.