"I've had issues with the right pectoral muscle to the point where I can't serve", said the 36-year-old after withdrawing from the match.
- Simona Halep after being asked the secret to playing a strong first set.
Stephens, on the other hand, showed no signs of nerves in her one Grand Slam final win in NY past year.
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Halep, meanwhile, is 0-3 with a Grand Slam trophy at stake.
The 26-year-old Romanian had gone 0-3 in her previous three major finals.
We are at the ultimate match of this year's French Open.
"I'll come here tomorrow, have a hit, have lunch here, go to my room, watch TV, wait till dinner, have dinner, go to sleep".
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"She's done a very nice job of being able to put some disappointments behind her and get back to work and keep looking for improvements", her coach, Darren Cahill, said.
The World No.1 was much-improved under the sunshine on Court Philippe Chatrier after finding life hard in damp conditions the night before, finally seeing off dogged Argentinian Schwartzman on his fourth match point.
Stephens, who was facing the ignominy of a third-set bagel, managed to get on the board with a hold in the fifth game of the decider, but Halep was not to be denied. Of her first 14 points, 13 arrived via errors by Muguruza - nine unforced, four forced.
A nervous start from the Spaniard was immediately pounced upon by Halep for a break in the opening game. "But in tennis, you never know, so I will stay chill". Halep is a three-time runner-up at majors, including in Paris in 2014 and 2017. Whereas Halep has an unenviable record at the sharp end of majors. She is the better overall player than Stephens, and clay just widens the margin. I don't think you have to be mean in order to win matches. "So I think that's why I won today", Halep said.
At 6-3 2-0 it looked like the American's passable impression of a human wall was going to prove too much for Halep and consign her to a third defeat in the championship match at Roland Garros.
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The frustration of being behind seemed to spur Halep on and she reeled off four straight games as the level of Stephens, indeed the whole match, went down from what was seen in the first set. Although Halep has worked on her mental toughness for just this moment, I don't believe she has any weapons to really hurt Stephens.