World rejoices for Halep's title win at Roland Garros

Stephens to play Halep for second Grand Slam title

Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko, Williams and Angelique Kerber have all tasted Slam success in the last few years whilst Halep has had to settle for second best on more than one occasion.

Another player supremely loved and respected on tour, Petra Kvitova, congratulated Halep on joining the Grand Slam club. There's no one else I'd rather lose to than the No. 1 in the world'. In the last game I felt like I could not breathe anymore.

The Romanian is still waiting for a maiden Grand Slam title after three previous final defeats, while 10th seed Stephens is the reigning US Open champion.

Nearly exactly 12 months ago, Simona Halep was on the brink of her first major title. "I'm so happy it happened at Roland Garros and in Paris, my special city", said Halep moments after the win.

"No matter how hard the adversity that you go through, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm glad she finally got her light", added Stephens, who recovered from foot surgery a year ago to win the US Open.

Juan Martin del Potro is back in the French Open semifinals for the first time since 2009 and will next face Rafael Nadal, the man with the most appearances at this stage of the clay-court Grand Slam.

Stephens managed to land a couple of late blows, but Halep confidently served it out, sealing victory on her first match point when her opponent netted a return.

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"When I was down a break in the second set I just tried to relax and enjoy the match".

We are at the ultimate match of this year's French Open.

When Halep ended a 14-stroke point by pushing a backhand wide, Stephens owned the first set.

Stephens will give it her best shot but Halep is the favorite for a reason.

She then held serve and broke Stephens yet again, taking a 4-0 lead before easily winning her serve.

Stephens, moving silkily from side-to-side, out-Haleped Halep to move 4-1 in front, however, turning herself into a human backboard to return everything being thrown at her. "And she had a heartbreak here past year and in Australia and all the things that have happened to her", Stephens said. Serving at 4-4, 30-30, Halep was still on the edge, however. Halep has won four straight meetings against Stephens, all in straight sets.

6-4, 6-3: The final score of Halep's win over Stephens in their only other match at Roland Garros, in 2014.

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Stephens, who has been serving well throughout the tournament, took the first game with a backhand victor. - Del Potro, after missing six break points in a tight first set against Nadal.

From the beginning of the match, the 10th-ranked Stephens was clearly superior on her serve, and offered resistance on Halep's.

The top-ranked Halep, playing in her third singles final at Roland Garros, won the toss and made a decision to receive.

That's what happened Saturday at Roland-Garros.

Stephens, the reigning U.S. Open champion, has lost her past four matches with Halep.

Halep also becomes the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy.

"It was very nice to play like that", Halep said.

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