Simona Halep admits previous doubt over French Open final win

Halep admits doubt over French Open win
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French Open winner Simona Halep admits that she was doubtful over a win in the final when she was a set and a break down against Sloane Stephens.

Simona Halep has admitted that she thought her chances of winning the French Open final were over before bouncing back to snatch the trophy from the hands of American 10th seed Sloane Stephens.

Halep was a set and a break down in the final, but went on to win 3-6 6-4 6-1 at Roland Garros.

The 26-year-old had failed to win all three of her previous Grand Slam finals, and she admitted on Saturday that another defeat in the final seemed likely when Stephens was ahead in the tie.

"I felt 'it's gone, it's not going to happen again, but it's OK. I have just to play'," Halep told reporters.

"When I started to win games, I said that last year the same thing happened to me. So I said there is a chance to come back and win it. I believed in that, and my game was more relaxed. I could make more things on court, and that's why I could win.

"It's a special moment. I was dreaming for this moment since I started to play tennis. Roland Garros is my favourite Grand Slam. I always said that if I'm going to win one, I want it to be here."

The world number one is 11th in the all-time rankings of the Women's Tennis Association.

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