After falling three times in major finals, Simona Halep finally breaks through at her favourite Grand Slam event.
Halep's route to the title
1R: Simona Halep d. Alison Riske 2-6 6-1 6-1
The No.1 seed faltered in the first round, dropping a set to the American. “I had a slow start because it's always tough to start this tournament,” Halep said. “It's a pleasure to come here and to play. So always I feel nervous at the beginning… I felt the nerves. I didn't feel pressure, because I know that every match is tough at this tournament, so I don't expect anything. But what I expect from myself is to go there and to play as I play in practice.”
- © Corinne Dubreuil / FFTHalep banishes the ghosts
- © Chantal Kuntz / FFT.Richey recalls Roland-Garros triumph
The American was the champion of the first "Open" Roland-Garros tournament 50 years ago, in 1968.
- © Corinne Dubreuil / FFTFocus on: Simona Halep
The world No.1 is through to a third Roland-Garros final, where she will meet US Open champion Sloane Stephens.