Halep Advances to First Grand Slam Final; Bouchard Continues to Impress

New Haven Open commits Simona Halep and Genie Bouchard played in the French Open semifinals today, with Halep advancing to the finals. Here’s a closer look at today’s action.

2014 French Open - Day Twelve

Simona Halep
Most Improved Player of the Year, top-five ranking and now Grand Slam finalist – we’re sensing a theme here. Simona Halep took down Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 7-6(4), setting up a date with Maria Sharapova in the finals on Saturday. The two met last month in a finals showdown in Madrid, with Sharapova notching a three-set victory to claim the title. But the Defending New Haven Open Champion and World No. 4 has been dominant in Roland Garros, having yet to drop a set in the tournament and could be peaking at just the right time. Halep continues to add plenty of firsts to her young but already impressive career, and “Grand Slam winner” is right within her grasp.

2014 French Open - Day Twelve

Genie Bouchard
The 20-year-old Canadian might have come up short against the four-time Major winner and 2012 French Open Champion Maria Sharapova, but the World No. 16 proved once again that she belongs on the big stage, following up her semifinal run at the Australian Open with another such showing at Roland Garros. In only her second stint at the French, she put on a dazzling display, losing only one set in the first four rounds and bouncing World No. 9 Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Sharapova has been nearly invincible on clay this season, now sporting an 18-1 record with two titles and one tally from a third, but Bouchard showed signs of greatness. Momentum is on the rise, and with #GenieArmy as the backdrop, she could make plenty of noise in New Haven.

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