Simona Halep v Sloane Stephens: Roland Garros final stats preview

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Simona Halep will be attempting to win a maiden Grand Slam trophy when she contests her fourth career final on Saturday against Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros.

Halep, who retained her world No. 1 ranking by advancing to the championship match, lost in last year’s French Open final to the then unseeded Jelena Ostapenko in three sets.

Stephens is into her second final in the last three Slams and owns a perfect 6-0 record in career finals.

The American defeated her compatriot Madison Keys in Thursday’s semi-finals, while Halep overcame Spanish 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza.

Here’s a deep dive into all the stats surrounding this final match-up.

Halep v Stephens final card

0 – Halep is 0-3 in Grand Slam finals so far in her career.

1 – Only one of Stephens’ six titles has come on clay, in Charleston in 2016.

2 – Halep has won the two encounters she has had with Stephens on clay.

2 – Halep is attempting to become the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam title, following Virginia Ruzici’s triumph at Roland Garros in 1978.

4 – Halep has won her last four meetings against Stephens.

4 – Stephens will make her rankings top-five debut, at No.4, having advanced to the final. The last American to hold a top-five ranking other than Venus or Serena Williams was Lindsay Davenport in April 2006.

6 – of Halep’s 16 titles have come on clay.

6 – wins and 0 losses for Stephens in career finals.

8 – By reaching the final, Halep has moved into eighth place on the women’s all-time list of highest career earnings. She’ll be just shy of $25m.

9 – Stephens is the ninth American woman in the Open Era to contest a Roland Garros final. She’s the first American not named Williams since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to feature in a French Open final.

16 – wins and 14 losses for Halep in career finals. She’s lost six of her last seven.

28 – US Open champion Stephens is looking to become the 28th woman in the Open Era to win multiple Grand Slam titles.

32 – Halep is looking to win a major on her 32nd Grand Slam appearance. If she wins today, only seven women will have taken longer to win their first major trophy.

49 – The average ranking of Halep’s opponents en route to the final this fortnight is 49.

58 – The average ranking of Stephens’ opponents en route to the final this fortnight is 58.

212 – Stephens was ranked 212 this time last year, as didn’t play the French Open because she was out with a foot injury. She entered Roland Garros this fortnight ranked No. 10.

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