Simona Halep finally wins 1st slam

The WTA’s best player the past few years, Simona Halep has long been a great champion, gracious in defeat, even after blowing leads at slams. She finally broke through and won her first slam by coming from behind to beat Sloane Stephens at the French Open in Paris. It’s a huge relief for her, and it finally crowns her as the best player on tour, without a doubt.

 

 

 

After trouncing Garbine Muguruza in the semi-finals, Halep had a slow start in the final, seemingly peaked.

In the second set, only a few points away from losing the match, she seemed terrified, fighting for her life.

 

 

She survived. After winning the second set, her body language changed notably as she took command in the third. She kept her composure and focus.

 

As she later told press, she followed the advice to just “keep running and get your shots in the court.”

She beamed with relief and delight as fans, including many from Romania, chanting her name “Simona! Simona! Simona!”

Simona now seems set to dominate events for years to come, if she can stay healthy and keep her positivity and perseverance.

 

 

Stephens, the defending US Open champion who grew up playing mainly on hardcourts in Florida and some green clay, surpassed expectations by surging all the way to the final. Like Halep, she seems destined for greatness in the future.

 

With Halep and Stephens, the WTA finally has bonafide slam champions to take the reigns from Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

 

 

(words and images copyright Christopher Johnson Globalite Media all rights reserved)

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