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    Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball during the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Thursday, June 5, 2014. Sharapova won in three sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:53 pm | Updated: 11:53 pm, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

PARIS — Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that’s carried her to a third consecutive French Open final.

“It’s not how you finish a first set,” Sharapova said, “it’s how you finish the last set.”

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