Simona Halep Wins First Grand Slam at French Open
Halep comes back from first set to beat Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Although Simona Halep had already reached World No. 1 by the time she got to the French Open final, Saturday marked her first time as a grand slam champion having lost to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and Jelena Ostapenko last year, as well missing out in this year's Australian Open final.
Despite a less than strong start, Halep surged back to crush American Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. “In the last game, I felt I could not breathe any more,” she said. “I just did not want to repeat what happened last year. I am really thankful this has happened in Paris, my special city.”
Halep cried the moment Stephens' final ball hit the net, grateful to have defeated the pressure of a final and immediately went to her friends and family in the stands, as well as her manager, Virginia Ruzici, the only other Romanian to lift the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, 40 years ago.