French Open: Halep Beats Stephens To Land First Grand Slam Title

French Open: Halep Beats Stephens To Land First Grand Slam Title

By James Agberebi:

Women’s world number one Simona Halep of Romania ended her quest for a first ever Grand Slam title after she defeated America’s Sloane Stephens in the 2018 French Open women’s singles final on Saturday.

Going into the final, Halep, 26, had lost in three Grand Slam finals (2014, 2017 French Open and 2018 Australia Open).

Despite losing the first set 6-3, Halep rallied back to take the second and third sets, 6-4, 6-1.

Stephens, 25, who is the current world number 10, won the 2017 US Open title.

For her effort, Halep goes home with the cash prize of $2.2 million.

The last time an American player faced a Romanian in the final of the French Open was in 1980 of the women’s event between Chris Evert and Virginia Ruzici. Evert emerged victorious against Romania’s Ruzici.

The men’s final will see Spanish star and clay court expert Rafael Nadal face Dominic Thiem on Sunday.

While Nadal will be seeking his 11th French Open title, Thiem, 24, will be playing in his first ever Grand Slam final.

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