Halep tops Stephens to capture elusive 1st Grand Slam title

Halep tops Stephens to capture elusive 1st Grand Slam title

Although Halep has worked on her mental toughness for just this moment, I don't believe she has any weapons to really hurt Stephens. "In the last game I didn't feel like I could breathe any more and didn't want to repeat past year, so I cannot believe it".

"I think I worked really hard coming back and getting in the gym, and when I was chubby trying to get skinny and when I was out of shape getting back in shape", she said after seeing off close friend Madison Keys in the semi-finals on Thursday.

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"I wish in the future to play more finals here, because it's a really lovely tournament and it is my favorite one". The Romanian, who had strangely said to consider Keys and Stephens similar players after her semifinal win, reacted to Stephens' game bur her game lacked depth.

Halep had lost her previous three Slam finals, including two at Roland-Garros, but outlasted the American to finally break her duck. I was dreaming of this moment since I was 14.

The final between Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens takes place on Saturday 9 June at Roland-Garros and starts at 2pm (UK time). So if any of you want to tweet that, I would be very happy, give you guys a like, a retweet or something. The 25-year-old American came into this tournament with a 6-0 record in championship finals, and dictated her matches here with her serve and powerful, versatile all-court game.

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US Open champion Stephens had looked set to lift a second Grand Slam trophy when leading 6-3, 2-0, but the American 10th seed wilted in hot conditions and Halep pounced.

She persevered through a battle to hold serve and go up 5-4. She's been the best player week-to-week on tour since Serena Williams took her pregnancy leave.

Stephens picked up from where she left off in the second by breaking in a fantastic opening game. For sure he is beatable, but you have to have the level, and Dominic has the level and you have to play the ideal match and the most important thing is you can't miss the occasions that you have.

But Halep dug deep, squaring the final by winning the next two games, as Stephens fired a backhand wide on the first set point. She's hitting her stride, and though it's come later than many thought, Stephens' prime might be now. She collected herself and relied on her superior fitness to wear down Stephens, who looked flat by the end of the second set. The markets grossly over-rated Muguruza following her win over Maria Sharapova, and with this in mind, it was extremely pleasing that the Romanian picked up an emphatic victory, and bookends a relatively successful campaign for us, from a women's perspective.

Nearly exactly 12 months ago, Simona Halep was on the brink of her first major title.

She broke in the fourth and served out for the set in the ninth game, showing some impressive defence against an increasingly aggressive Halep.

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