Roland Garros Re-Lived 2018: Halep lays Grand Slam ghosts to rest

When Simona Halep beat Sloane Stephens in the 2018 Roland Garros final, the tennis world could breathe a sigh of relief. Finally, she was a Grand Slam champion.

We discuss her previous three final losses, analyse a memorable match against Stephens, and reflect on how she lived with that victory during the months that followed.

In a fascinating interview, her coach, Darren Cahill, reveals the switch he made to his usual pre-match pep talk before the final, the tactical change that helped Halep turn the match around in the second set, the weight of expectation on Halep, and the reception and adoration she received when she returned to Romania with the trophy.

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