After falling in three past Grand Slam finals, world No.1 Simona Halep secured her first Grand Slam title at the Roland Garros 2018.
Nothing could match the joy on Simona Halep’s face when she grabbed the French Open trophy and got her first kiss.
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Simona came from behind after losing in the first set 3 – 6 to bat past US Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-0 in the remaining sets.
Apart from clinching a first Grand Slam title, Halep becomes the first Romanian in 40 years to win Roland Garros, after Virginia Ruzici in 1978.
The last time Halep won anything at the Roland Garros was in 2008, 10 years ago when she lifted the Junior title.
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The road to triumph wasn’t any juicy for the Romanian as she had to come back twice to beat her way past Alison Riske in the first round and Angelique Kerber in the Quarterfinals before the final proper.
Halep celebrated her victory in a way usually seen at Wimbledon, climbing into her box to greet friends and family.
“I tried to not do the same thing as last year. It’s a dream and it’s so special to do it here in Paris,” she said.
“When I was down a break in the second set I just tried to relax and enjoy the match.”
“In the last game I felt like I could not breathe anymore”, said Halep.