Simona Halep immediately climbs into stands to celebrate French Open with parents

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Two French Open finals and one Australian Open final have been the closest she's come to claiming one of the four biggest prizes on the tennis calendar, and despite many thinking Serena Williams dominates the sport, there had been a different victor of all of the last six women's Grand Slam's before the latest French Open.

It looked bleak for Halep when she trailed 2-0 in the second set but the effects of Stephens' efforts suddenly caught up with her as the American began to wilt and Halep grabbed the momentum with nine consecutive points on the way to a 4-2 lead. "There is of course a lot of emotion", she told reporters. Players took to social media to congratulate the world No.1, whose victory was also a triumph for the "little women" who play the sport that is dominated by power merchants. "In the previous years and last time in Melbourne (in January), he told me that it's a big thing that I'm in the final and playing, just enjoy the match", Halep said.

"The positive vibes from all the crowd was incredible, and I took it just for me", she said. On Saturday, Halep, 5 ft 6' Halep took the baton, showing that height was just a measure. "It's a dream and it's so special to do it here in Paris", she said.

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. "If you don't give up, you can do anything".

But the Romanian said that she managed to use those memories to her advantage, knowing that there was still a way back into the match in her third French Open final.

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"When I started to win games, I said that a year ago the same thing happened to me".

In doing so, Halep equalled the feat of American seven-times French Open champion Chris Evert who also suffered three Grand Slam final losses before capturing the 1974 French title. It's special, and I keep it forever in my heart. The elephant in the room remained her lack of a Grand Slam trophy having twice lost the title match in Paris, to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and Jelena Ostapenko last year, and at this year's Australian Open to Caroline Wozniacki. "I was a set and a break up and I lost the match".

"Congratulations to Simona. There is no-one else I'd rather lose to than the number one in the world", a gracious Stephens, who will rise to four in the rankings, said. "I believed in that".

The Romanian knows better than anyone how Grand Slam finals can turn though after her 2017 heartbreak against Ostapenko, and she broke back to love to the delight of the crowd. Halep, who faced some flak for being the No.1 without a major title, said that her victory on Saturday balanced a lop-sided equation.