It will be the 26-year-old Romanian's fourth appearance in a major final, having also lost to Caroline Wozniacki in Australia in January.
Ahead of the French Open 2018 clash, the 23-time Grand Slam victor called out the parts related to her in Sharapova's autobiography as "hearsay". "At least all the stuff I read and the quotes that I read, which was a little bit disappointing".
"There is no point to be sad about what happened in Rome, because now it doesn't really matter", Muguruza concluded her pre-tournament press conference - and has been tearing up the Parisian clay with steely determination since.
I want to side with Halep, but I can't bet against Muguruza in her current form.
Halep lost focus to allow Muguruza to claw back one break, only to break again herself to seal the first set in 36 minutes.
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This time previous year, Stephens was still sidelined with a foot injury that her walking around in crutches and Keys was coming off a second wrist surgery.
She defeated 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday, converting her first match point when the third-seeded Muguruza sent a final backhand long.
"I think it would be odd for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years", said the 31-year-old. "I just try to keep that going".
The American pair have contrasting styles, with Stephens' game based on her athleticism and ability to get many balls back, while also turning defence into offence fairly quickly.
"I will focus on myself, like I did every match here".
"I was up against a great player so I had make sure I brought my best tennis". And I will try just to be calm during the match and try everything I can. She was prior to the draw and it took a gift draw for Elina Svitolina - which the Ukrainian was unable to exploit - for her to lose this status for the opening two rounds.
"Life came at me fast after the U.S. Open", said Stephens, whose late father, John, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year with the New England Patriots. This year, she was two points from defeat in the third round against Camila Giorgi of Italy before turning that match around.