Stephens reaches her first French Open final
Paris: Sloane Stephens has advanced to the French Open final for the first time, beating Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 in an all-American semifinal on Court Philippe Chatrier.
The 10th-seeded Stephens will bid for her second major title when she takes on top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania in Saturday's final.
Stephens lost her serve for the first time against Keys when serving for the match at 5-2.
After the 13th-seeded Keys held for 5-4, Stephens served out victory at the second attempt. She won on her first match point with a backhand winner down the line.
The friends hugged at the net, both smiling.
The 25-year-old Stephens won last year's U.S. Open for her first major, beating Keys in the final.
Meanwhile, Second-seeded pairing Latisha Chan of Taiwan and Ivan Dodig of Croatia have won the French Open mixed doubles title for the first time.
They beat the top-seeded pair Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Mate Pavic of Croatia 6-1, 6-7 (5), 10-8, securing their first major title.
Dabrowski and Pavic were eyeing a second straight major after winning the Australian Open mixed doubles in January.
Dabrowski also won the French Open mixed doubles last year, but with Rohan Bopanna of India as her partner.