The 2014 French Open will soon be in the rear view mirror, but not before the final rounds are decided and champions are crowned.
Day 14 of the action features the women's singles championship match between No. 7 Maria Sharapova and No. 4 Simona Halep as Sharapova looks to get back to the top of the sport and Halep aims for her first-ever Grand Slam title.
On the men's side, the world will have to wait for a stellar Day 15 showdown between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Let's break down how to view all of the action in Day 14.
Maria Sharapova vs. Simona Halep: Women's Final
When: Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT
Where: Roland Garros, Paris, France
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Day 14 Schedule
A complete list of Day 14 matches can be found at RolandGarros.com
Day 14 Preview
As far as the ladies go, it's shaping up to be Maria Sharapova's year at Roland Garros.
The 27-year-old entered the tournament as the seventh overall seed, despite advancing to the final in each of the two previous years at the French Open.
Sharapova has made her worth known yet again at Roland Garros, though, as their Twitter account noted:
It hasn't been an easy road for the Russian as she makes her way to a third-straight French Open final. In fact, during much of the last few weeks her streak was in jeopardy.
Sharapova won her first three matches in straight sets, but that ended quickly entering the fourth round. In Round 4, the quarterfinals and the semifinals, Sharapova started out by dropping the first set and planting her back firmly against the wall of elimination.
Standing across the clay courts from her is a contender that isn't yet a household name, but has made herself known across the sport from her recent play in France. The 22-year-old Simona Halep enters with an incredible hot streak.
Halep has yet to lose a single set in the 2014 French Open. She's posted dominating, straight-set victories all the way to the final, and her only set victory by way of tiebreak came in the semifinals.
Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim put her dominance into figures:
Despite Halep's invigorating play at Roland Garros, there's no doubting she will have to top her greatest challenger yet—by far—if she wants to hoist her first Grand Slam trophy. Only one of Halep's victories in the tournament came against a seed lower than No. 27, and Sharapova is undoubtedly one of the sport's best.
That's not to mention how new she is to the spotlight of Saturday's final. Prior to this, her first appearance in the quarterfinal of any Grand Slam event was this year's Australian Open. Meanwhile, Sharapova has won every Grand Slam event once.
Despite her place among the best women's tennis players of this generation, Sharapova has been far from a mainstay in Grand Slam events as of late. Saturday could mark just her second Grand Slam title since 2008, with the only other coming at Roland Garros in 2012.
Another clay-court title, and it would be hard to argue against the notion that Sharapova is currently the best in the sport on clay. It could also be just what she needs to build momentum and get over the hump in the other three Grand Slam events.
Halep is playing her best tennis and Sharapova has struggled more in Roland Garros, but one player has a massive advantage in experience. Needless to say, it will be an epic showdown Saturday.
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