French Open, Day 12: Sharapova and Halep advance to the finals

Maria Sharapova is looking for her second French Open title — Getty Images

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is looking for her second French Open title — Getty Images

The match of the day on semifinal day for the women at the French Open belonged to Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard, who went the distance on Thursday only to see Sharapova win another three-set match on clay.

Sharapova, who will be playing in her third straight final at Roland Garros, seems to find another gear when she gets to that third set, taking care of business in the deciding set 6-2 to get herself in the finals again on clay (and this time, no Serena Williams across net). 

The other semifinal saw Simona Halep take care of business against Andrea Petkovic in straight sets, winning 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Halep now goes into her first Grand Slam final not having dropped a single set at Roland Garros, and while Sharapova is the oddsmakers' favorite  (-170, according to Bovada), it should be another tight one in the finals and will either be a fifth Grand Slam title and second at the French Open for Sharapova, or a first for Halep, who has played an amazing tournament thus far.

 

The face of a player who just made her first ever Grand Slam final — Getty Images
The face of a player who just made her first ever Grand Slam final — Getty Images

 

 

Andrea Petkovic might have lost, but the subtle matching between visor and skirt was great — Getty Images
Andrea Petkovic might have lost, but the subtle matching between visor and skirt was great — Getty Images

 

"I’m fortunate to be the winner of this match,” — Maria Sharapova on her quarterfinals win

The men's semifinals on Friday brings us an anticipated match between Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

First, Novak Djokovic will take on Ernests Gulbis for a spot in the finals and a chance to complete his career Grand Slam (Djokovic has won the Australian Open four times, and Wimbledon and the U.S. Open once each).

But the match that people are excited about is Nadal vs. Murray. Nadal holds a 14-5 advantage over Murray, and is 5-0 against Murray on clay.

Coverage kicks off with the Gulbis-Djokovic match on Tennis Channel at 7 AM ET.

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