World No.1 Simona Halep have won her first Grand Slam title after beating Sloane Stephens in the French Open 2018 Women’s Final by 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Paris.
After losing her first three major finals, she defeat Sloane Stephens to win the French Open and join the ranks of leading players whose determination paid off with her first major singles title.
She became the fourth woman since the introduction of the WTA rankings in 1975 to Sloane Stephenswin her first major title after being ranked No. 1, with Kim Clijsters, Amelie Mauresmo and Caroline Wozniacki and she also now only the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy.
Halep entered the final as the favorite given her clay-court prowess, higher ranking and holding a 5-2 head-to-head record against her rival. But it was not the start she wanted as Stephens dominated the first set and deservedly took the lead by 6-3.
But the match changed in the second when Halep found her consistency on the baseline and Stephens had no answer to her returns. Halep got the crucial break at the start of the third set and managed another as Stephens wilted and finaly the moment comes when she pummeled a serve on match point and raised her arms in joy.