Simona Halep

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Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates winning the French Open by kissing the trophy. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Strength comes in all shapes and sizes. At 5ft 6in, officially, Simona Halep is not blessed in terms of simple physical stature. But the Romanian is a(...)

An emotional Rafael Nadal celebrates his French Open final victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Rafael Nadal roared to French Open title number 11 with a straight-sets demolition of Dominic Thiem in Paris. The Spaniard continued his extraordinar(...)

Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates by lifting the trophy after winning the final of the French Open  against Sloane Stephens of the United States at Roland Garros in Paris. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Already number one in the world, Simona Halep proved she could be a Grand Slam champion, too. After losing her first three major finals, Halep defeate(...)

Sloane Stephens plays a backhand return to Madison Keys during their women’s singles semi-final match on day twelve of the French Open. Photo: Thomas Samson/Getty Images

It is testimony to the depth of their friendship that Sloane Stephens’s perfectly shaped backhand down the line to put Madison Keys out her misery and(...)

Russia’s Maria Sharapova reacts during her women’s singles quarter-final match at the French Open against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. Photo: Christophe Archambault/Getty Images

Three grand slam champions adorn the women’s semi-finals at Roland Garros – as well as the best player in the world, Simona Halep. The Romanian is pla(...)

Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams face each other in the fourth round of the French Open. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

It will be Serena Williams versus Maria Sharapova at a Grand Slam tournament, but don’t think that today’s meeting at Roland Garros will be business (...)

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates victory during the ladies singles third round match against Julia Georges of Germany at the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Serena Williams wasted little time ramping up her rivalry with Maria Sharapova after setting up a French Open fourth-round meeting with her old foe. (...)

Romania’s Simona Halep returns the ball to Alison Riske  during their women’s singles first-round match at the Franch Open. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Top seed Simona Halep recovered from a slow start to reach the second round of the French Open. The Romanian, a two-time runner-up at Roland Garros, (...)

Elina Svitolina poses with the trophy after the defeating  Simona Halep in the final of The Internazionali BNL d’Italia for the second year in a row. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Elina Svitolina continued her impressive record in finals by thrashing world number one Simona Halep to successfully defend her Internazionali BNL d’I(...)

Roger Federer lifts  the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles Final against Marin Cilic at Melbourne Park. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

This turbulent Australian Open has been about longevity, endurance and iced towels, three of the defining features of the modern game. The wonder of (...)

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