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Simona Halep, who is number one in the WTArankings, clinched her maiden Grand Slam title by beating 2017 USOpen champion Sloane Stephens in the French Open final in Paris on Saturday.

Simona Halep was over the moon to finally end her Grand Slam duck as she lifted the French Open title.

Halep has lost in two previous French Open finals and is looking for her first Grand Slam title. "The most important thing is that I have taken those opportunities". Honestly, I can not believe. Halep then fell to 0-3 with a trophy on the line at the Australian Open in January, beaten by Caroline Wozniacki. She broke to grab the second set when Stephens sailed a backhand wide, all part of a seven-game run that made it 5-0 in third. Her semifinal victory over Venus Williams gave her a first career Grand Slam final.

While the crowd are likely to get behind the world No 1 Halep, Stephens' nerveless approach to her game could prove a tough obstacle to clear.

Upon receiving the trophy she added: "Last year was very emotional so I was living for this moment since I was 14 so thank you and I wanted this moment to happen here in France". I have just to play like I did yesterday (against Muguruza). "I should've changed my game when I noticed she was changing hers".

The 26-year old is clearly a popular figure on the women's tour, and a host of names took to social media to congratulate her on her success, including Britain's shining light Johanna Konta.

Today was the day she was waiting for though, as she triumphed over 2017 U.S. Open victor Stephens in three sets, proving to the world there is a reason why she tops the rankings.

She had reached a championship match three different times, and each time she had come up short.

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The 10th seed was by far the more composed of the two players, with Halep playing the aggressor but unable to breach her defence.

Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Spain´s Garbine Muguruza during their women´s singles semi-final match on day twelve of The Roland Garros 2018. It's my favorite Grand Slam.

Stephens, who was facing the ignominy of a third-set bagel, managed to get on the board with a hold in the fifth game of the decider, but Halep was not to be denied.

"I think she gave some great shape to the forehand today and was able to push Sloane back a little bit", Cahill said.

After Saturday, Halep joined Martina Navratilova (1978 Wimbledon) and Jelena Ostapenko (2017 French Open) as the only women in the Open era to win their first major title after coming from a set down to win in the title match. However, despite how well Halep has played up to this point, she has a lot of showing and proving to do, as she's developed a history of choking in final appearances.

"For all the haters who said she'll never win a slam because she's mentally weak, go choke on that", Petkovic posted.

Halep beat Stephens the last four times they played each other.


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