Simona Halep sweeps aside Garbiñe Muguruza to reach French Open final

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• Top seed made flying start in 6-1, 6-4 semi-final win
• Romanian keeps world No 1 ranking after victory

It is testimony to the depth of their friendship that Sloane Stephens’s perfectly shaped backhand down the line to put Madison Keys out her misery and out of their French Open semi-final on Thursday was struck almost apologetically.

When it landed like a merciful knife into the deuce corner to end their one‑sided match in just an hour and 17 minutes, the winner raised her arms in celebration, smiled broadly then looked immediately up the court on a packed Philippe-Chatrier to commiserate with her fellow American.

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Written by Kevin Mitchell at Roland Garros
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