PARIS (AP) — For the third straight match at the French Open, Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH’-vah) lost the first set and for the third straight time it didn’t matter.
The seventh-seed recovered from the early funk and rallied for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 semifinal win over Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard (boo-CHARD’). Sharapova has now won her last 19 three-set matches on clay. The victory earned Sharapova a third straight trip to the title match at Roland Garros.
There she’ll meet Romania’s Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp), who earned her first Grand Slam final with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Germany’s Andrea Andrea Petkovic (PEHT’-koh-vihch).
The fourth-seeded Halep has won seven titles over the past 13 months.