Simona Halep continued her strong play at Roland Garros on Thursday evening, defeating Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) to advance to her first career Grand Slam final.
The No. 4 seed Halep will face No. 7 seed Maria Sharapova, the 2012 French Open Champion, for the title on Saturday.
In the first set it appeared that Halep would steamroll through Petkovic in the way she has all her opponents in the tournament. Halep broke Petkovic’s serve in the opening game of the match, and repeated the feat twice more for an easy 6-2 first-set win in just 28 minutes.
But Petkovic fought back in the second set, breaking Halep for the first time in the match for an early 3-1 lead.
Unfortunately for the 26-year-old, she couldn’t hang onto a 40-15 advantage on her next service game, ceding the break right back in a huge momentum swing.
Both Halep and Petkovic remained on serve for the remainder of the second set, and it was Halep who would triumph in the tiebreak, advancing to the final of a tournament where she has yet to lose a set this year.
Sharapova earned her spot with a difficult three-set victory over Eugenie Bouchard earlier in the day.
Halep and Sharapova have met three previous times, with the Russian winning all of those meetings.