Having worked so hard to turn around the first set only to lose the tiebreak, it was Halep's self-belief that spurred her on to win in three. She's won 7.6% more points on serve (holding a magnificent 87.3% of the time) but Halep has won 3.7% more points on return (breaking opponents a stratospheric 63.3% - the best return data I can remember seeing for a long time).
"I will put everything I have Saturday on the court".
Their contrasting personalities and similar styles of play promise an intriguing final at Roland Garros on Saturday. I like clay. I mean, the court suits my game pretty well.
Halep, 16-14 overall in tour finals, has lost twice at that stage at the French Open, to Maria Sharapova in 2014, then to Jelena Ostapenko after leading by a set and 3-0 in the second a year ago. I think Stephens has been too consistent throughout these two weeks. I was, like, 'OK, next round.' That's just kind of how you handle it.
Top-ranked Simona Halep is up against 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza in the other semifinal match. "Let's talk outside. It's attractive weather". Oh, and she gets to stay as world No.1, whatever happens. "Not me, obviously. I don't feel pressure", said the 26-year-old Romanian.
"It's never easy playing someone from your country, let alone someone you actually, like, care about and you're friends with", Stephens said.
In womens' play, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys were to play for a spot in the French Open final.
"She has not played for how many months and then you over do it with all that tension in a Grand Slam".
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When is the women's singles final?
ITV 1 will show free-to-air coverage of the women's final starting at 1.30pm. This was the one individual event Ledecky did not win at worlds, sharing silver behind Federica Pellegrini, who clocked 1:54.73.
Many Americans struggle on the red dirt because of the lack of red clay courts in the United States but several players have managed to master the surface nonetheless.
Sharapova was hardly at her best right from the start, double-faulting three times to get broken in the opening game. Prediction: "Halep in two sets".
"I was up against a great player so I had make sure I brought my best tennis".
Halep, meanwhile, has participated in a trio of major finals, losing each.
Keys made it to the semis with a straight-sets win over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva while reigning US Open champion Stephens eased past Russia's Daria Kasatkina.
That kind of inconsistency was never going to be enough to stop Stephens, who held on to an early break in the third game to serve out the first set - though Keys could consider herself unlucky after the forehand victor from Stephens on break point was later revealed to be long by Hawkeye.
Stephens hasn't dropped a set since.