Romanian Simona Halep beat Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 and win the French Open 2019 women’s singles final and become the first Romanian to do so since Virginia Ruzici achieved the feat in 1978 to win a major at Roland Garros. Going into the match she was the hot favourite to win it and she did not disappoint a full-house at Philipe Chatrier Court. Fans were rooting for Halep, they were screaming,”Simona, Simona”. Also Read - French Open 2020 Will Take Place This Year, Says French Tennis Federation President
“Honestly, I can’t believe it,” Halep said after the match. “In last game, I didn’t breathe anymore. I did everything I could. It’s amazing what is happening now.” Also Read - If There's Complete Safety For Players, I Will Play Play French Open: Rafael Nadal
I was dreaming of this moment since I was starting to play tennis. I’m really happy it’s happened in Roland-Garros in Paris – my special city.”
Here is the first kiss of the silverware…
It certainly was not a walk in the park for the World number 1. Simona lost the first set, but that did not puncture her confidence as she came back from behind to beat Stephens. The second set was a see-saw affair where just one break of serve from Simona saw her through in the set as she came to level terms. But the kind of masterclass she showed in the third set, where she won 6-0, she just did not allow Stephens any inch to even farm thoughts of a comeback. It was sheer domination in the third set that meant she won the French Open 2018.
One has to admit, Stephens played equally well but Simona emerged won the big points and that is what counts in a Grand slam final.
We are certain we will see more of Stephens in the future.
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