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Monday, June 11, 2018

Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens to win first grand slam title

World number one Simona Halep has claimed her maiden grand slam title winning the French Open final against tenth seed Sloane Stephens.
She had gone 0-3 in matches with a major trophy on the line before facing Stephens for the Roland Garros title.
"All the experience from those three finals that I lost … was a positive thing and gave me a little bit more power to believe," Halep said.
Halep came back from a set and a break down to beat Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 and win the championship in a match made up of long points and key momentum swings.
"That's the most important thing — that I stay there focused," said Halep, the first Romanian to collect a major title since her manager, Virginia Ruzici, at the 1978 French Open.
"I believed and I never gave up."
Halep lost two previous finals at Roland Garros — against Maria Sharapova in 2014, then Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 despite leading by a set and 3-0 in the second.
Her third runner-up finish came against Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open in January.