Simona Halep defeats Sloane Stephens to win maiden Grand Slam at French Open

Simona Halep sealed her maiden Grand Slam title with a relentless performance to beat Sloane Stephens and win the French Open.

The 26-year-old had lost her three previous major showpiece encounters – including twice at Roland Garros – but recovered from a set and a break down to win 3-6 6-4 6-1 in two hours and three minutes.

World No 1 Halep came into the final with back-to-back victories against two-time Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza, as the world No 1 stopped Stephens securing a second major triumph in an absorbing contest.

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