Sensational Simona Halep hits back to win first Grand Slam in style

10 June, 2018, 10:13 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Halep has won all seven matches against left-handers this campaign

Halep was full of emotion after capturing her first major at Roland Garros.

"It's Simona's third final in Roland Garros, she has a great level".

"I don't know if I will win, but I will take a big love from you and that's the most important for me", he said.

Halep has won her last four matches against Stephens and both of their meetings on clay, including in the 2014 French Open fourth round, while the two have never played a three-set encounter.

If Theim is going to earn the French Open title, he would be well-advised to win the first set. She led by 5-2 in previous head-to-heads against Stephens, including the pair's past four meetings.

An incredible fightback ensued, with Halep edging a tense second set before racing to victory in the decider. She persevered through a battle to hold serve and go up 5-4.

"So I did it well, and I was very strong mentally to finish that".

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An emotional Halep said after the victory: "I was dreaming for this moment since I've started to play tennis". "I did everything I could". Honestly, I can not believe. "No matter how hard the adversity that you go through, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm glad she finally got her light".

But the 25-year-old American, who had reached only one major semi-final before her injury woes, could do just that by beating Simona Halep in Saturday's French Open final to add to her US Open crown from last year.

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Halep becomes the first Romanian to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Ruzici beat Mima Jausovec in the French Open back in 1978. "All of a sudden, you look up, and it's 2-2 again, and you're down 3-2, and the calmness sort of left".

"There's no one else I'd rather lose to than the number one in the world".

"All the experience from those three finals that I lost ... was a positive thing and gave me a little bit more power to believe", Halep said.

"They say the destination is more lovely if there's a bit of a bumpy road and you eventually get there". Both have learned to pick the right spots to be aggressive and are quite capable of switching from retriever to attacker in a blink.

Now they have even more in common.

"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 second set was more of a test for Halep, who was ahead by a set and 3-0 before falling apart against Ostapenko a year ago.

At this year's Australian Open, she scrapped her way through the draw.

Of course, it could have all been different if Serena Williams didn't have to retire before her round of 16 match with Maria Sharapova, the American's first Grand Slam back since giving birth in September 2017.

However she looked exhausted in the fourth and Halep took advantage as she broke back and then backed that up with a hold to love.

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