Sport Halep closes on first Grand Slam title

00:48  08 june  2018
00:48  08 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Halep rewarded for patience after risky start

  Halep rewarded for patience after risky start Top seed Simona Halep reached the second round of the French Open a day later than expected and not without a fright as she recovered from a slow start to beat American Alison Riske 2-6 6-1 6-1 on Wednesday. The Romanian lost the opening five games as she sprinkled unforced errors across Court Philippe Chatrier but there was no sign of panic and her game belatedly clicked into gear.© REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol French Open - Roland Garros The 83rd-ranked Riske managed to win only three games in her previous claycourt meeting with the twice Roland Garros runner-up but broke serve three times in the opening set.

Grand Slam titles . 1. In addition to her two runs to the final in Paris, she won the junior title in 2008 and has won seven clay-court titles on the women's tour. Just like last year, Simona Halep goes into the French Open final as the favourite to win her first Grand Slam title .

Halep secured her first Grand Slam ( Getty Images ). Stephens, who won her first Grand Slam title at last year’s US Open, made most of the early running before Halep turned around a match that was full of gruelling rallies.

  Halep closes on first Grand Slam title © Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited Simona Halep has reached her third French Open final and held on to the world number one spot with victory over Garbine Muguruza.

The Romanian has yet to win a Grand Slam title, but looks ominously ready to break her duck at Roland Garros, when she faces Sloane Stephens in the decider on Saturday (local time).

Muguruza had hammered Maria Sharapova in the quarter-final, but Halep was a different proposition entirely - and it seemed she knew it.

Halep immediately pouned on a nervous start from Muguruza for a break in the opening game.

Half an hour later, 1-0 had become 6-1 and the challenge of Muguruza, who would have taken over at the top of the rankings with victory, appeared to be fading fast.

Tennis: Halep overcomes another wobble to reach round three

  Tennis: Halep overcomes another wobble to reach round three <p>Simona Halep's focus was still not as sharp as she would have liked but that did not prevent the Romanian top seed from blazing past American Taylor Townsend 6-3 6-1 in the French Open second round on Thursday.</p>Simona Halep's focus was still not as sharp as she would have liked but that did not prevent the Romanian top seed from blazing past American Taylor Townsend 6-3 6-1 in the French Open second round on Thursday.

En directo Cerrar. Close . World number one Simona Halep claims she is "stronger mentally" as she looks to go one better than last year at the French Open and claim her maiden grand slam title .

Simona Halep lets her emotions show after battling back to beat the American Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros and win her first grand slam title . Photograph: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. Perhaps Darren Cahill, the coach of Simona Halep , put it best. “She’s been close these last

She improved in the second set, breaking early on, only to be pegged back at 4-4, before Halep held a marathon ninth game and broke for a 6-1 6-4 win.

"I'm really, really happy that I won this match," said Halep, who lost to Jelena Ostapenko in the final last year.

Halep fightback keeps French Open hopes alive

  Halep fightback keeps French Open hopes alive Angelique Kerber pushed Simona Halep all the way at Roland Garros, but the world number one remains on course for a first grand slam title.Halep has never won a major but is well placed to earn another shot at improving that record, having lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open decider earlier this year.

Close player. Summary. Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens 3-6 6-4 6-1. World number one Halep wins first Grand Slam title . Halep was beaten by Jelena Ostapenko in last year's final.

After becoming world number one in October, Australian Open top seed Simona Halep only has one goal left – winning a grand slam .

"It was really important for my mind to know I could win against a great opponent.

"It's a pleasure to play here. I'm happy to play the final again at my favourite Grand Slam. I'll try my best and hopefully do better than last year."

Halep will face Stephens, after the US Open winner maintained her perfect record against fellow American Madison Keys with a 6-4 6-4 win in the other semi-final.

In the first all-American Roland Garros semi-final since 2002, 10th-seeded Stephens stayed composed throughout as Keys, who has not won a set against her in three meetings, peppered the court with unforced errors.

Regardless of her result against Halep, the 25-year-old Stephens will become the first American to break into the top five in the WTA rankings since Lindsay Davenport - Keys's coach - in 2006.

"It's always hard to play someone from your country and such a good friend, but I'm happy I played my tennis," Stephens said. "This is one of my favourite tournaments and I'm looking forward to Saturday."


Thrilling fightback gives Halep first Grand Slam title .
Simona Halep fought back from a set and a break down to finally claim her first Grand Slam title by beating Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a <g class="gr_ gr_27 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" data-gr-id="27" id="27">gruelling</g> French Open final on Saturday. The world number one had lost all three of her previous major finals, including two at Roland Garros, but staged a thrilling comeback to win after two hours and three minutes."In the last game I felt like I could not breathe anymore", said Halep.

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