Maria Sharapova just barely managed a victory against 20-year-old tennis phenom Eugenie Bouchard in the semi-finals of the French Open.

Maria Sharapova Defeats Eugenie Bouchard

Bouchard took on her childhood idol Maria Sharapova Thursday at Roland Garros with the hopes of winning a spot in the French Open final. After the opening set, it looked like Bouchard was on her way, besting Sharapova 4-6. Sharapova rallied in the next couple of sets, taking them 7-5 and 6-2 to seal her victory.

“I fought, I scrambled and I found a way to win,” Sharapova said after the match, according to the Washington Post. “At the end of the day, it’s not how you finish the first set; it’s how you finish the last set.”

On Saturday, Sharapova will look to capture her fifth major title in her third straight French Open final appearance. She will square off against the fourth-seeded Romanian player Simona Halep. In the semis, Halep defeated Germany’s Andea Petkovic, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

Though Halep will have confidence having not lost a set so far in the French Open, she’s yet to defeat Sharapova, who has an eight-inch height advantage. “I don’t know,” said Halep when asked how she’d go about trying to beat the veteran. “I know I’m short, but I have to be happy and just enjoy.”


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