Simona Halep wins first Grand Slam at French Open

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On a day of hot sun and high temperatures, Halep simply had too much for her opponent, particularly with points contested from the back of the court.

Three-time Grand Slam runner-up Halep now is the only thing standing between Stephens and a second major crown. It looks great on you.

"Not the trophy I wanted but it's still attractive", Stephens said afterward, then pointed her words to Halep and said, "no one else I'd rather lose to than No. 1 in the world".

The script was different on Saturday at Roland Garros as Halep rallied past Sloane Stephens and did not crumble in the end.

"I just tried not to repeat the same as previous year", Halep said. I was dreaming for this moment since I started to play tennis.

Halep defeated Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to claim her first Grand Slam title.

Despite falling to the Romanian in Paris, Andrea Petkovic couldn't have been happier for Halep.

The world No.1 finally got her hands on the coveted Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen four years after her first appearance in the final at Roland Garros. "I have just to play", the world number one said.

Halep is easily one of the most popular, well-deserved Grand Slam champions on tour. But Halep regained momentum in the final two months of the season, rising to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time.

In the opening set, Stephens' sharp movement across the baseline enabled her to return everything Halep threw at her, while forcing the Romanian into errors and hitting some wonderful winners herself. Stephens earned three break points with a stunning forehand attack down the line and converted her first chance.

She reeled off nine straight points to lead 3-2 on serve, then broke for 4-2. She capped off the fourth game with a wonderful victor at the net.

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Simona Halep appears to be the clear favourite to win this match, which probably means she won't win it.

Where can you follow the Simona Halep vs Sloane Stephens French Open women's singles final online? If Halep was able to handle the cross shots of Muguruza and Kerber, she should have the ability to control this match as well.

'Congratulations on your first Slam.

Stephens' clash with Keys represented a rematch of the 2017 US Open final, which Stephens won.

If we're lucky, Saturday's Roland-Garros final will also signal the start of a good rivalry in tennis.

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They will play each other on Friday, when the other men's semifinal is No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria against 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy. "So I did today". "I think that we'll just have to go out and compete".

Halep joins an elite club this year... On the last point of the second game, Stephens scampered and put up a superb lob that prompted a Halep error.

At this year's Australian Open, she scrapped her way through the draw. She deserves to win for sure.

It was a stark contrast to what Stephens was doing an hour prior, when she won 6-3 and then held a 2-0 advantage in the second set.

"It's tough to speak now", the 2009 U.S. Open champion said.