World number one Simona Halep finally won her first Grand Slam title with a gutsy comeback victory over American 10th seed Sloane Stephens in the French Open final.

Halep, who had lost her three previous major finals, went a set and a break down at Roland Garros.

But the 26-year-old Romanian battled back to take a see-saw second set against the US Open champion.

She then raced away with the third to win 3-6 6-4 6-1.

"I did everything I could. It is amazing what is happening now," Halep said.

"I have been dreaming for this moment since I started playing tennis."
Halep clinched victory with her first match point, Stephens unable to return a powerful first serve.

The top seed dropped her racquet in celebration, covering her face with both hands before Stephens walked around the net to warmly hug the champion.

23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams pulled out of Monday's last-16 match at the French Open against Maria Sharapova with an injury that affected her serve but the former world number one Serena Williams should be fit for Wimbledon, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Given a standing ovation by the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd, a tearful Halep climbed into the stand behind the baseline to celebrate with her family and coaching team.

- 2014: Lost to Sharapova
- 2017: Lost to Ostapenko
- 2018: Won the Slam against Stephens.

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