It was the worst of times for Romania's Simona Halep last year 2017 as she played opposite the 20-year-old Latvian Jelena Ostapenko and looked at herself being up a set and 3-0 of the second, for the match and title, but it merely slipped through her racket.
That heartbreak, though, has been replaced by joy.
She returned to the court and said: "It was wonderful and thank you for your support". "In the last game I didn't feel like I could breathe any more and didn't want to repeat previous year, so I cannot believe it". "It's very hard. I think more when I do play Madi, it's just - on the court it's very competitive".
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. "It's very hard. I think more when I do play Madi". It's a handsome thing, very special.
"I did everything I could, and I was dreaming of this moment from the time I started to play tennis", Halep said on the NBC broadcast.
On Saturday, Sloane Stephens and Simona Halep will compete for the women's title. Virginia Ruzici also won the French Open back in 1978. Stephens won the sixth game before Halep held her serve and completed the victory in front of a delighted Parisien crowd.
"It's great that I'm No. 4, but, I mean, the rankings are what they are, and I hope to stay, improve, get better".
While victor Simona Halep had a lot to prove after losing her three previous finals at Grand Slam tournaments, Stephens knows all about coming back from nowhere after spending almost a year on the sidelines with a foot injury. It was an indication of things to come - in the first set. But Halep regained momentum in the final two months of the season, rising to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time.
Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro wept courtside after downing third seed Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 to set up a semifinal clash with Rafael Nadal. Stephens has dropped just one set this entire tournament and has been playing extremely clean tennis, making very few mistakes. She has lost all three in the past, including two at Roland Garros in 2014 and a year ago. Now she says it: "'I want to win a Grand Slam'". The markets grossly over-rated Muguruza following her win over Maria Sharapova, and with this in mind, it was extremely pleasing that the Romanian picked up an emphatic victory, and bookends a relatively successful campaign for us, from a women's perspective.
There was a palpable relief after the match as emotion washed over her face and the crowd roared its approval.
Halep, however, surrendered the advantage and it went to 4-4. Of her first 14 points, 13 arrived via errors by Muguruza - nine unforced, four forced. A forehand attack gave Halep a set point in the next game and Stephens fired a backhand wide.