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Simona Halep wins the 2018 French Open

After losing three Grand Slam finals, Simon Halep has scored a victory by beating Sloane Stephens, the US Open champion, of the United States. Halep, 26-year-old Romanian, won her first Grand Slam by winning the 2018 French Open. According to Halep, she has been dreaming of this moment ever since she started playing tennis. The final match was a topsy-turvy ride for Halep with losing the first set to Stephens. Afterward, she battled her way up to winning the two subsequent sets to score the Grand Slam for herself. The three sets went 3-6 6-4 6-1.  

In celebration, Halep dropped her racket and covered her face with both hands in a moment of utter amazement. Stephens walked around the net to congratulate her with a warm hug. She then went behind the baseline and celebrated the win with her family amid the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd giving her a standing ovation. Halep is the second Romanian woman to claim a Grand Slam after the 1978 win of Virginia Ruzici's at Roland Garros.  

In 2014, Halep lost the French Open final to Maria Sharapova and in 2017 she lost the same final to Jelena Ostapenko.Halep, the world number one, stated before the 2018 French Open that she would not let the pressure of winningher first Grand Slam faze her. Therefore, she eventually delivered and won her first Slam. In the first set, she was beaten by Stephens'brilliance. The next two sets saw Stephens tired down. Backed by the Romanian support, Halep seized the moment and with her relentless zeal, scored the first Grand Slamat her 33rd attempt. Before the final, experts predicted a baseline battle between the two and this is how it turned out.   

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