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Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens to win the French Open

Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens to win the French Open

Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens to win the French Open

Romanian Halep, the world No.1 and top seed, staged an epic comeback to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Court Philippe-Chatrier and secure a maiden major in her fourth Slam final.

That run included last year's Roland Garros showdown against Jelena Ostapenko after leading by a set and 3-0 as well as in Australia in January where she lost a three-setter to Caroline Wozniacki. I have just to play.' And then when I started to win games, I said that previous year happened to me, same thing, I was set and a break up and I lost the match.

"In the last game I couldn't breathe, I just didn't want to repeat what happened the other years".

Seeing her opponents come back against her in grand slam finals, this time Simona Halep turned the tables.

"I was dreaming for this moment since I started to play tennis so thank you and I'm really happy it has happened in Roland Garros in Paris, my special city".

Halep's status as one of the WTA Tour's most-liked players was proven as several of her rivals took to Twitter to reflect on the victory. "I don't get too up, too down", Stephens said. Stephens is simply forcing her opponents to make tough shots, often beating themselves eventually.

But Halep dug deep, squaring the final by winning the next two games, as Stephens fired a backhand wide on the first set point. She ended up with six double-faults and 27 total unforced errors, 12 more than Muguruza. The 25-year-old American came into this tournament with a 6-0 record in championship finals and dictated her matches here with her serve and powerful, versatile all-court game.

Sloane Stephens celebrates after defeating Venus Williams in their women's singles semifinal at the 2017 US Open on September 7, 2017 in NY.

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But Halep to her credit never stopped fighting, even though she dropped her serve in the opening game of the next set, she bounced back with two breaks of her own to lead 4-2.

Stephens praised Halep for her breakthrough victory in the immediate aftermath. Halep is a three-time runner-up at majors, including in Paris in 2014 and 2017.

He had threatened to stop working with her, saying that Halep's negative body language and attitude were standing in her way.

Halep served out to finally snag a well-deserved first Grand Slam title. Halep looks for the second title of the year and her 17th title of her career.

She lost that second set 6-4, then the third 6-3. Her manager, Virginia Ruzici, won the French Open 40 years ago. "There's no-one I'd rather lose to than the number one in the world so congratulations to you and your team", she added. Stephens beat a mistake-prone Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday in the first all-American semifinal at Roland Garros since 2002.

Sloane Stephens said she could not be satisfied but was still proud of herself after losing a French Open final that was all about recovery and resilience, on both sides of the net. I have just to play like I did yesterday (against Muguruza).

German Andrea Petkovic - a former top-10 player now ranked 107th in the world - sent a message to Halep's critics.

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