Simona Halep Roland Garros

Simona Halep: ‘Roland Garros shock hard to take but I’ll have a chocolate and feel better tomorrow’

Simona Halep was in philosophical mood after she was a surprise casualty at Roland Garros on Sunday.

The top seed was stunned 6-1, 6-2 by Polish teenager Iga Swiatek – a defeat that ensures Ashleigh Barty will finish the year as world number one.

However, after winning three titles in a shortened season, Simona Halep found some perspective.

“I realise that it was a fantastic year with all the tough moments that we all had, so I’m not going to ruin the whole year just for a match,” Halep said.

“Of course it’s not easy to take it, but I’m used to some tough moments in this career. So I will have a chocolate and I will be better tomorrow.”

For Swiatek, though, it was understandably a landmark day in her young career.

“This week was like a dream come true for me and I hope it is going to be longer,” she said.

On Roland Garros, Swiatek added: “It is my favourite. I always loved to play here, even when I was a junior.”

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