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Simona Haleps beats Sloane Stephens to be crowned 2018 French Open women’s champion

Simona Halep rallied from a set down against Sloane Stephens to clinch her maiden Grand Slam crown in Paris today.

Halep had lost the 2014 and 2017 French Open finals to Maria Sharapova and Jelena Ostapenko, respectively, and when Sloane Stephens stormed to a 6-3 win in the first set, it looked as though it was going to be more misery for the Romanian.

Halep however, would show exceptional resilience and composure to take the second set and send the match into a deciding set.

The Romanian didn’t look back. It was time; her time, surely. Power and precision were behind every ball she hit in the third set and Stephens only did well to avoid being handed a bagel as Halep secured a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory to become the first Romanian to win a Grand Slam since 1978.

“It’s emotional to talk as the winner,” Halep said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was 14. I wanted this trophy to be here in France.”

While Halep will remain the world’s number one, Sloane Stephens will be ranked inside the world’s top five for the first time in her career when the updated rankings are released on Monday.

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