French Open: Simona Halep Wins First Title Against Sloane Stephens


Paris: Top seed and Romanian tennis ace Simona Halep won her first ever grand slam title after surging past a fighting Sloane Stephens of the United States in the final of women`s singles at the Roland Garros on Saturday.

Halep, who had lost the last three major finals, won the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in just over two hours.The Romanian was outclassed in the first set by Stephens, but recovered well to win the second set.

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In the second set, when both players were going neck and neck and were tied at 4-4, Halep re-discovered her red-hot form to win the next games and force the match to go into the next set.

In the last set, Halep played a handful of excellent serves to leave Stephens in a spot of bother. She then continued her dominance, coupled with aggression and excellent footwork as she smashed her way to her first win of a major tournament.

After winning her first grand slam title, Halep broke down and was later comforted by her coach Darren Cahill. On the other hand, top-ranked Spaniard Rafael Nadal will stake a claim for his record 11th French Open title, when he will lock horns with seventh seed Dominic Thiem of Croatia on Sunday.