For those of us who have been fans of the 5 ft 7” Romanian, Saturday 9 June 2018 will be historic
It was on this day that the Halepenos of the world united behind the World No. 1 to watch her lift her first Grand Slam trophy and for her to do this at her beloved Roland Garros. The same place where 10 years ago she lifted the Girls’ trophy.
It has been a long, difficult and complicated journey for Simona. She has suffered some agonizing losses, the worst of which was at her first Grand Slam final against Maria Sharapova. Then she lost a heart breaker last year after being up a break in the third set and then this year she lost to Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open by not only running out of ideas but running out of breath. To see her lift her first Grand Slam trophy against a current Grand Slam title holder made it even sweeter.
I know most of us tennis fans don’t necessarily agree with Simona Halep and her world views, but for today, can we, as Sloane Stephens said in her press conference, celebrate a player who has, despite adversity, found her light.
For those writers out there who will be doing their recap, can we for once, forget about Simona’s coach and just celebrate the achievement of this particular young woman.
I know I for one will be eating some Halepeno this weekend because I am incredibly happy.
More to come …