Romania: Cheers for Simona Halep, jeers for Bucharest mayor

15 Juin, 2018, 14:18 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Paris. Halep won Saturday the French Open tennis tournament women's final

The No. 1-ranked Halep beat Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final in Paris on Saturday. She's grown up a lot in the last 12 months.

The 26-year-old had suffered three agonizing defeats when one set from glory at the majors, with last year's loss in Paris after leading Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 perhaps the most painful. It was her first major singles title after losing three previous finals, including in January at the Australian Open. Commenting on ITV, Courier said: ´I think there's a little bit of poetic justice that Simona Halep won in the way that she did here.

Halep first became world number one in August past year and has now spent 31 weeks in total at the top of the rankings. There was a special atmosphere during the final and not only.

The number 10 seed in the showcase claycourt tournament, who will break into the top five when the latest world rankings are released on Monday, even seemed genuinely pleased for the Romanian, one of several players to have described Stephens's journey back from injury as inspirational. It's a handsome thing. She thanked the Romanian fans for always being there to cheer her, wherever she played.

So with that accomplished, Halep was asked, what becomes the new goal? "I will enjoy this moment and I will see".

'But what I expect from myself is to go there and to play as I play in practice. Then I just didn't think about the result or about the match.

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Halep does not want to be a one-Slam wonder.

She has a rare combination of speed, power and stamina that makes her unsafe on every surface.

The American had only recently returned to the circuit when she won last year's U.S. Open, beating friend and compatriot Madison Keys in the final.

Already a victor of 16 WTA titles before arriving in Paris, Halep had undoubtedly been one of the world's best players for the last few years, and several of her fellow pros were quick to congratulate her latest achievement.

But after seeing off one of the biggest hitters on tour in Garbine Muguruza in the semifinals, she pointed out: "I'm fast, though, no?"

"I hope this trophy is the beginning of a new generation of champions", an emotional Halep told the crowd.

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