Simona Halep's eventful 2018

Published 1826 GMT (0226 HKT) January 12, 2019
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An eventful 2018 for Simona Halep? You could say that. It began at the Australian Open. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Halep saved match points twice, including in a third-round epic against Lauren Davis, en route to reaching the final. And this as she nursed a sore ankle. SAEED KHAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Halep or Caroline Wozniacki were guaranteed to open their grand slam account. It turned out to be Wozniacki after the Dane overturned a break deficit late in the third. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
But Halep ended her grand slam drought on her favored surface of clay. The Romanian reversed a set and break deficit to beat Sloane Stephens. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Halep became the first Romanian to win a grand slam title since her manager, Virginia Ruzici, 40 years earlier. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Halep praised coach Darren Cahill during their partnership. They exchanged a hug after Halep's Roland Garros triumph. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
It was all so different a year earlier. Halep relinquished a set and break leads in the second and third sets as she was defeated by Latvia's free-swinging Jelena Ostapenko in Paris. Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
This year after her French Open win, 20,000 fans greeted Halep in Bucharest. ANDREI PUNGOVSCHI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
But at the US Open, the year's final major, Halep crashed out to Kaia Kanepi in the first round. Elsa/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Halep ended her season with a back injury, while coach Cahill initiated a split, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images