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Simona Halep trumps Sloane Stephens to win French Open

10 June, 2018, 17:24 | Author: Tommie Newton
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Simona Halep admits she feared she had blown another chance to lift a Grand Slam trophy, before battling back to claim the Roland Garros title. It sat beside her for spells of time, and she often turned and smiled at what she called, "mine".

Halep climbed to the top of the rankings last October and has been there more or less ever since. "There is of course a lot of emotion", she told reporters.

"Thanks guys it was fantastic and I felt your support", Halep, who lost this year's Australian Open final to Caroline Wozniakci, said on court.

But you can take nothing away from Romanian superstar Halep. "You're going to go on court and think you have to take it, not wait for the opponent to give it to you".

"In the last game I couldn't breathe, I just didn't want to repeat what happened the other years". But he also put a little bit of pressure on me, to go there and win it. "I felt that everyone is for me, and I felt stronger on court". "I am the only girl he has coached so may be its special", Halep told select worldwide media.

Halep produced not one, but two fantastic returns at the net to seal the game, eventually being the victor of the final set 6-1 to take home the trophy and 1.12 million euro prize money.

Suddenly Halep had won 12 of 13 points and snatched the momentum, and she made it four games on the spin as Stephens dumped consecutive forehands into the net. Three years later, French woman Marion Bartoli, an inch taller, claimed the Wimbledon crown. "It's a dream and it's so special to do it here in Paris", she said. "And at one point I felt that she started to feel a little bit exhausted and to miss more".

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Ruzici, who also lost the 1980 final and was the inspiration for Richard Williams to teach his daughters Venus and Serena to play tennis, said her charge's win was well-deserved. And today it is true.

By beating Spain's former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in the semi-finals she guaranteed that she extended her stay as the world's number one player - a position she has held now for 32 weeks in total.

"Roland Garros is my favourite Grand Slam".

"In the last game I felt I can not breathe any more". It's special, and I keep it forever in my heart. Halep, who lost the final here 12 months ago to young gun Jelena Ostapenko when leading by a set and a break in the second, flipped the story this time round. "I was a set and a break up and I lost the match".

"So I said there is a chance to come back and win it". "I believed in that".

Halep's French title arrived in the 32nd Grand Slam of her career.

The Romanian knows better than anyone how Grand Slam finals can turn though after her 2017 heartbreak against Ostapenko, and she broke back to love to the delight of the crowd.


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