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Maria Sharapova to play Simona Halep in French Open women's final
Maria Sharapova to play Simona Halep in French Open women's final

Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that's carried her to a third consecutive French Open final. "It's not how you finish a first set," Sharapova said, "it's how you finish the last set." Right now, no one is a better closer than she is on clay. Nearing a second championship at Roland Garros, and fifth Grand Slam trophy overall, Sharapova gritted her way to yet another comeback victory, beating 18th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, in the semifinals Thursday. "If some things are not working out, I don't just want to quit in the middle. Because when you lose the...

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