Simona Halep is a Grand Slam champion at last.
Having lost her previous three finals, Halep finally ended her drought by battling past Sloane Stephens in a captivating contest at Roland Garros. On the Tennis Podcast afterwards, presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law paid tribute to her resilience.
Trailing by a set and a break to Stephens, who was looking close to unbeatable, it felt like Halep would fall short once again. So how did she turn it around? Did the quality of Stephens’ tennis actually help Halep to play more aggressively? Whitaker says that Halep had to become “not afraid to lose”.
Halep’s win has been greeted by an outpouring of goodwill from fellow players. What makes her such a popular champion? How might she celebrate? And can she now become a multiple Grand Slam champion? Law and Whitaker give their views.