Halep's win led to an outpouring of joy from the tennis world, and her peers and legends took to Twitter to congratulate the newly-crowned Grand Slam champion, as well as heap praise on runner-up Stephens.
Halep beat American Sloane Stephens in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, after a match in which she mentally dominated her opponent, putting behind the memory of the lost finals in 2014 and 2017.
Stephens opened the match strong, beating Halep, 6-3, before her game started to deteriorate.
"I believed and I never gave up".
Halep is bidding to become only the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam after 1978 French Open champion Virginia Ruzici, who is now Halep's manager and had a special ceremony on Court Philippe Chatrier earlier this week to commemorate her victory 40 years ago. Halep then fell to 0-3 with a trophy on the line at the Australian Open in January, where she was beaten by Caroline Wozniacki.
Halep's status as one of the WTA Tour's most-liked players was proven as several of her rivals took to Twitter to reflect on the victory.
That determination when things aren't going her way has served Stephens well again at Roland Garros - she arrived in Paris after a poor clay-court season that had yet to yield a quarter-final.
Simona Halep was so desperate to end her grand slam drought she could barely breathe as she served for the French Open.
"Tennis is very situational", Stephens said a year ago.
'[Stephens is a] Great player and it's always tough to play against her.
Halep was closing in on the title she craved so much, while Stephens was wilting fast, and a comfortable hold made it 5-0.
The match Saturday is the 26-year-old Halep's fourth major final.
The American, who will break into the top five for the first time when the new rankings are released on Monday, broke Halep in the fourth game before taking the first set after 41 minutes.
The 10th seed was by far the more composed of the two players, with Halep playing the aggressor but unable to breach her defence.
Jana Novotna, the Czech star, also lost her first three major finals, finally winning Wimbledon in 1998.
"I think now I've matured a little bit and have recognised the opportunities when they have been presented". She has lost all three in the past, including two at Roland Garros in 2014 and a year ago. Halep is looking for her first career Major title.
She fought back from a set down against Maria Sharapova in 2014 only to lose a tight decider, before seeing a set and 3-0 lead disappear in a barrage of Jelena Ostapenko winners previous year. The matchup was the first All-American semifinal match at Roland Garros since 2002.
Both Halep and Cahill thought Stephens looked a little gassed.
Simona Halep appears to be the clear favourite to win this match, which probably means she won't win it.
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After winning the championship last season, the Warriors made an organizational decision not to visit the White House. No one knows what LeBron's future holds, and how this Finals pans out will likely play a huge role in his decision.
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