Sharapova, who earns more money in endorsements than any woman in sports, has four Grand Slam titles. Halep, although ranked four spots higher than Sharapova, is relatively unknown outside of the tennis world. This will be her first Slam final.
It's the ninth Grand Slam final for Sharapova and her third consecutive at Roland Garros. Tagged the "Queen of Clay," she has played this tournament more like a knight, fighting her way through battles to capture a throne.
Meanwhile, Halep is more like the commoner who is slowly climbing her way toward nobility. She didn't arrive on the scene as a teen sensation as did Princess Sharapova. Halep strove through smaller tournaments to rise up the ranks.
Born without the gift of height and natural power, Halep has mastered her skills. Tennis coaches around the world must be pleased to watch a player who executes fundamentally sound tennis.
In a contest that pits power against precision and queen versus commoner, expect a royal showdown for the French Open crown.