French Open Women's Final Predictions: Simona Halep vs Sloane Stephens

Halep has won all seven matches against left-handers this campaign

Halep has won all seven matches against left-handers this campaign Credit Getty Images

Halep will have a fourth opportunity to finally lift a Grand Slam trophy when she faces US Open champion Sloane Stephens today in her third Roland Garros final, having lost a tight match with Maria Sharapova back in 2014.

Tennis champion Sloane Stephens had the world watching on Saturday as she faced off with the top-ranked Simona Halep for a chance at bringing home the title of 2018 French Open champion.

Seeing her opponents come back against her in grand slam finals, this time Simona Halep turned the tables.

Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko, Williams and Angelique Kerber have all tasted Slam success in the last few years whilst Halep has had to settle for second best on more than one occasion. "I believe that I have the game to win the match".

During the trophy ceremony, Stephens - more experienced in such matters, given her triumph in NY last September - noticed that Halep was casually holding her new silver trophy.

From the beginning of the match, the 10th-ranked Stephens was clearly superior on her serve, and offered resistance on Halep's.

The world No.1 finally got her hands on the coveted Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen four years after her first appearance in the final at Roland Garros.

One can only imagine what was going through Halep's mind serving at 5-1 but an ace steadied her nerves before she claimed her first Grand Slam at the 32nd attempt.

Perhaps her ability to always get through tough times on court comes from putting the importance of tennis into perspective.

After the 2016 Rio Olympics she spent almost a year sidelined with a foot injury and did not play at last year's French Open.

The 26-year old is clearly a popular figure on the women's tour, and a host of names took to social media to congratulate her on her success, including Britain's shining light Johanna Konta.

Coming into the final, she was determined. To Halep's dismay, she sent a backhand into the net. "See-moe-nah!" throughout. When she first walked out on Court Philippe Chatrier.

"So I think I have done very well to make the finals of the French Open".

"And then when I started to win games, I said that previous year [against Ostapenko] it happened to me, same thing, I was set and a break up and I lost the match".

It hasn't all been plain sailing since, though, as she suffered a severe hangover after her NY triumph and failed to win in the rest of 2017.

A hold to love meant Halep had taken eight unanswered points, and another break followed as Stephens' levels dipped for the first time in the match.

But from 0-2 down in the second set, Halep was able to change the flow of the match.

She is 5-2 against Stephens, including winning their past four matches.

With their Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah watching from the stands, Herbert and Mahut claimed their third Grand Slam title together by defeating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the final.

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