Winning a first Grand Slam title is a special achievement, no matter how long it takes. For Simona Halep, winning the French Open title over Sloane Stephens was a long time coming but that made it all the more unforgettable.
Words can’t describe how happy the last 24 hours have been for me. I’ve read so many messages & social media posts that’ve brought tears to my eyes that I can’t thank you enough. Sorry for a few bumps along the way ????♀️???? but we finally got there!☺️???? Lots of love, Simo ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Rzvs6fzN1Y— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) June 10, 2018
It was Halep's fourth Grand Slam final after previously losing to Maria Sharapova, Jelena Ostapenko, and, most recently, Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. On Saturday, it seemed like the Romanian was going to miss out on her chance again, going down 0-2 in the second set after losing the first set.
Instead, Halep flipped a switch and fought her way back, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. It was a win that garnered praise from all across the tennis world. Her coach, Darren Cahill, was overjoyed for his student.
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Simona Halep in New York today. Advert by Nike. ❤— Ramona Toderaş (@RamonaToderas) June 10, 2018
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Halep will take a break now to celebrate before turning to the grass season. She holds onto the No. 1 ranking for the 32nd week.