The streets all around Bucharest are lined with the words Multumim, Simona! (Thank you Simona!) A reflection of the national psyche as the hearts of every Romanian swell with pride at the mention of her name. One can tell how important Simona Halep’s victory at the Roland Garos has been, not from her own response to her achievement but from the emotional reaction of the public and the people surrounding her. Her smiling face has exploded onto every advertising billboard in sight, from luxury car firms to hardware stores, everyone wants a piece of the golden girl. Simona Halep has won the prestigious French Open, mentally dominating the american Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final in Paris.
Halep recognised that her title was not only hers, but one to share with her entire nation as she took the first plane to Bucharest in the days following her Grand Slam Victory, to do just that. Simona Halep, donning her winning outfit from the match, was greeted by a cheering and applauding crowd of close to 20.000 Romanians at the National Arena in Bucharest, where she presented her trophy and thanked her fans for always being there and cheering for her. She was quoted telling the crowd “I’m very proud to be Romanian as I’ve always been saying. These performances are from here, even if I come from a small country, big performance is possible. I hope this trophy is the start of a new generation of champions”
Simona Halep is the first Romanian tennis player to win a singles title since Virginia Ruzici won the French Open 40 years ago in 1978. She joins other Romanian sports greats such as Nadia Comaneci and Ilie Nastase, with her ranking as one of the best female players in the world.
We tip our hat in respect to Simona Halep, who persevered, with grit, putting aside any disappointment of past defeats and emerging victorious!