Romanian women's tennis player Simona Halep has arguably been the most dominant player in the women's singles French Open competition. Over the course of the tournament on her way to the finals she has not lost even one set, a mark last set by Justine Henin in 2007. She is not the biggest player nor the strongest and when one looks at her in comparison to the tall, goddess looking Maria Sharapova at first thought one might consider the upcoming match to be a mismatch inf favor of the more accomplished Russian tennis player. However, such an assessment might be a mistake when one considers the performance in this tournament of Simona Halep and her play even before this tournament.
In the tournament she has been ruthlessly efficient in dispatching her opponents. She has demonstrated a mental focus that is illustrative of a potential champion against all of her opponents and in the semifinal against the number 28 seeded Andrea Petkovic she earned a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win. Her opponent, Maria Sharapova in contrast had to play three sets against Canadian Eugenie Bouchard to achieve a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory.
Maria Sharapova is talented but she does not possess the quickness and movement that Simona Halep has displayed throughout this tournament. Simona Halep in her defeat of Andrea Petkovic surprised tennis observers with her show of power in addition to her sensational speed and court coverage and while Maria Sharapova is known as one of the great competitors in women tennis she is going to encounter an opponent who has been itching for the opportunity to play her again.
Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova played at the Madrid Open a month earlier and after winning the first set 6-1 Simona Halep lost her focus and Maria Sharapova won the final 2 sets by a score of 6-2, 6-3. Since that day Simona Halep has openly admitted to wanting revenge and has been angry at herself for letting her opponent off the hook.
The French Open has been Simona Halep's coming out party as not only a good player which she already proven but as a player who has the ability to win Grand Slam tournaments and it has been evident by her focus and play in every set that she is on a mission to show the world that she is ready for this opportunity.
The final of the French Open will have Romania's Simona Halep take on Russia's Maria Sharapova. Don't be surprised if there is a first time winner announced at the conclusion of the match with the name of Simona Halep as her performances at the French Open suggest that she is ready to become the 2014 Grand Slam singles champion.