French Open winner Simona Halep: victory over doubters

French Open winner Simona Halep: victory over doubters
Simona Halep was considered the best world ranking first – without Grand Slam title. After three bitter final defeats, the Romanian has now fulfilled her dream and won in Paris. Not only for them, this is a great triumph.

Ion Tiriac is not known for emotional outbursts. In this year’s final of the French Open , the Romanian billionaire was still sweating. Again and again he tore his hair and raised his hands questioningly to the sky. The manager of Simona Halep had over one and a half sets to watch as the 26-year-old threatened to lose another Grand Slam final. When Halep turned her first match ball after over two hours , Tiriac was cool as always. In complete contrast to the winner.
Halep dropped her bat in disbelief, hugging the defeated opponent Sloane Stephens and enjoying the “Simona” shouts of many Romanian tennis fans. “It’s an incredible moment since I started playing tennis I’m dreaming of winning a Grand Slam tournament and now I’m at the finish – the atmosphere was incredible,” said Halep. The French also contributed to the great atmosphere. Probably because they had experienced the ordeal of the French Open winner up close.
In 2014, the Romanian moved into the final of Roland Garros for the first time, then she lost Maria Sharapova in a competitive match. In 2017, despite a clear lead at the same place the dramatic defeat against Jelena Ostapenko . In January, she then lost the final of the Australian Open . Halep did not seem to live up to her own claims.
“I could not breathe”
“Nobody deserves more than you, Simona,” Stephens said at the awards ceremony. So she spoke to a majority of the audience from the soul. In the first set dominated the US-American, she was able to decide especially the long rallies for themselves. She also scored a break in the second round – Stephens was on her way to her second major triumph after the US Open 2017 .
But Halep was henceforth the better player. Suddenly she had no problems with her return game, avoidable mistakes almost only the opponent. Stephens struggled a lot as the edge of the net had hit two important points in favor of Halep. At the score of 5: 0 Halep was, however, once again nervous, as she later revealed. “I could not breathe, I thought from point to point and tried to hide everything around me.”
Victory in Paris is also a satisfaction for Halep’s coach: Darren Cahill had split from Halep at the WTA tournament in Miami last year, after she had not shown the desired reaction on the pitch. But Halep knew that she needed Cahill to be successful. It was followed by the pronunciation and a little later the jump to rank one of the world rankings.
After 40 years eliminated the doubts of a tennis nation
The title at the French Open is the preliminary culmination of the successful collaboration. “Without my coach, I would never have made it here after three such bitter defeats in big finals,” said Halep. Already last year she announced that she wanted to end her career at the side of the Australian.
Halep has not only eliminated her doubts, but also those of a whole country. Romania was one of the major tennis nations in the 1970s. Illie Nastase won two majors in Paris and New York and was the first number one on the then newly introduced world rankings. Halep’s manager, Ion Tiriac, also succeeded in France’s capital – in doubles alongside Nastase.
Forty years ago, Virginia Ruzici clinched Romania’s most recent Grand Slam title – also in Paris. Halep was able to continue the Romanian success story in Roland Garros. When asked if she could imagine living in Paris after her career, Halep replied with a winking eye, “One should never never say.”
Enjoy the moment, just switch off for a moment. In the tight schedule of tennis associations this is not really possible. Despite the upcoming grass season, Halep wants to take exactly that time: “Do not talk to me at Wimbledon , I do not want to think about that, now I’m on vacation.”
Forty years ago, Virginia Ruzici clinched Romania’s most recent Grand Slam title – also in Paris. Halep was able to continue the Romanian success story in Roland Garros. When asked if she could imagine living in Paris after her career, Halep replied with a winking eye, “One should never never say.”
Enjoy the moment, just switch off for a moment. In the tight schedule of tennis associations this is not really possible. Despite the upcoming grass season, Halep wants to take exactly that time: “Do not talk to me at Wimbledon , I do not want to think about that, now I’m on vacation.”

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