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Halep shrugs off Stephens challenge to win French Open title

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World number one Simona Halep of Romania recovered from a sluggish start to clinch her first Grand Slam title with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 win over American Sloane Stephens in the French Open final on Saturday.

Stephens, seeded 10th, used her powerful game to full effect to take the first set but then ran out of steam to allow Romania's Halep to complete a memorable victory.