Thrilling fightback gives Halep first Grand Slam title

Halep vs Kerber

Simona Halep's long wait for a grand slam title is over after she won a thrilling French Open final against Sloane Stephens.

Stephens opened the match strong, beating Halep, 6-3, before her game started to deteriorate.

"To Simona, congratulations on your first Slam". "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". "I think if you try to go angles with them, you're going to be the one that's running - and not like it".

"Tennis is very situational", Stephens said previous year.

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"I will try my best", Halep told the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier, "and hopefully I will be better than a year ago".

A year ago on this court she was a set and a break up on Jelena Ostapenko, had break points for a double-break lead, blinked, and took one of the most soul-crushing losses I've ever seen in a major final.

He'll square off against Dominic Thiem on Sunday, and he comes in off a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro that improved his record to 11-0 in French Open semifinals.

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Stephens went on to win three straight points, the game and the set.

She then spotted Virginia Ruzici.

Stephens broke for 3-1 and looked in control against a more anxious opponent who had started to put ore air under her shots with some moonballs.

The tiebreaking ninth game of the third set essentially sealed the match, with Halep fending off three break points before claiming the lengthy battle. She's hitting her stride, and though it's come later than many thought, Stephens' prime might be now.

Halep then lost serve to love and when Stephens dragged it back to 4-4, it seemed Halep's revival might be short-lived. She rebounded with a four-point break to level the second set at 2-2, then stayed in the ascendance with another break to take a 4-2 lead. "I don't want to think about that.it's a different match, different situation", she said. The two traded games the remainder of the set, allowing Stephens to seal it on her serve in the 10th game.

Sloane Stephens beat compatriot and friend Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 to become the first American woman other than Venus or Serena Williams to reach the French Open final since Jennifer Capriati in 2001. She capped off the fourth game with a wonderful victor at the net. In the victory, Stephens won 77 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points.

Winner, Simona Halep of Romania (R) and runner up Sloane Stephens of The United States (L) celebrate with their trophies following the ladies singles final during day fourteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2018 in Paris, France. After sitting out almost a year because of surgery on her right foot in January 2017, she has soared up the rankings and now made it to her second major final in the past nine months.

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