French Open 2018: Halep defeats Stephens to win maiden Grand Slam

June 9, 2018

PARIS: Simona Halep sealed her maiden Grand Slam title with a relentless performance to beat Sloane Stephens and win the French Open.
The 26-year-old had lost her three previous major showpiece encounters – including twice at Roland Garros – but recovered from a set and a break down to win 3-6 6-4 6-1 in two hours and three minutes. World No 1 Halep came into the final with back-to-back victories against two-time Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza, as the world No 1 stopped Stephens securing a second major triumph. “I was dreaming for this moment since I’ve started to play tennis,” Halep said. “When I was down a break in the second set I thought ‘Everything is gone, I’m gonna start to relax and enjoy the match,’ and I came back.”The early stages of the showpiece were an absorbing watch as both players were involved in some lengthy baseline exchanges but it was Stephens who settled quickest in front of a capacity 15,000 Court Philippe Chatrier. Agencies