This is amazing!! pic.twitter.com/nM2KXsZpnj— SimoReactions (@Simoreactions) June 11, 2018
When you're the first Grand Slam winner from your country in 40 years, you deserve a queen's welcome home.
Simona Halep spoke, and danced, in front of thousands of fans in packed stadium after winning the French Open on Saturday over Sloane Stephens. She's the second-ever women's major champion from Romanian after Virginia Ruzici won the French Open in 1978.
"I want to thank Romania for everything it has given me so far. I hope this trophy is the beginning of a new generation of champions. I don't want to leave this scene, it's too beautiful. Thank you and my heart is with you" - a very emotional Simona Halep.— Ramona Toderaş (@RamonaToderas) June 11, 2018
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The crowd erupted often during Halep's speech, showing off the Romanian's popularity in her home country and beyond. Even though she is speaking in her native language, the sentiment is pretty obvious. If you need more proof, here's her name being chanted at a concert.
I will never get tired of showing how loved Simo is in Romania! This was after a hip-hop band concert!— SimoReactions (@Simoreactions) June 12, 2018
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The world No. 1 was comfortably enough on stage to dance to a rendition of Tina Turner's "You're Simply the Best" in front of a big screen showing highlights from her Roland Garros final.
Simo dancing on "You're simply the best" it really is simply the best! ???????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/MANA8VxXTt— SimoReactions (@Simoreactions) June 11, 2018
In Paris, Halep was asked about the grass-court season, which is already underway. "Oh, don't ask me that because I'm going to have a big holiday now," she said. "Grass is far."