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Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens to win French Open title

BBC     9th June, 2018 11:13:38 printer

Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens to win French Open title

World number one Simona Halep finally won her first Grand Slam title with a gutsy comeback victory over American 10th seed Sloane Stephens in the French Open final.

 

Halep, who had lost her three previous major finals, went a set and a break down at Roland Garros.

 

But the 26-year-old Romanian battled back to take a see-saw second set against the US Open champion.

 

She then raced away with the third to win 3-6 6-4 6-1.

 

"I did everything I could. It is amazing what is happening now," Halep said.

 

"I have been dreaming for this moment since I started playing tennis."

 

Halep clinched victory with her first match point, Stephens unable to return a powerful first serve.

 

The top seed dropped her racquet in celebration, covering her face with both hands before Stephens walked around the net to warmly hug the champion.

 

Given a standing ovation by the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd, a tearful Halep climbed into the stand behind the baseline to celebrate with her family and coaching team.


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