Maria Sharapova beats Simona Halep to win French Open

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French Open: Sharapova reflects on 'most emotional victory'

Maria Sharapova showed fighting spirit to beat Simona Halep in a dramatic final and win her second French Open title.

The Russian came through 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 in three hours and two minutes at Roland Garros.

It was the fourth match in a row that saw Sharapova reach victory in a final set.

She has now won five Grand Slam titles, taking her to joint-11th on the all-time list alongside Martina Hingis.

Toughest final

"This is the toughest Grand Slam final I have ever played and all respect to Simona, she played an unbelievable match today," said Sharapova.

Halep, 22, might have been playing in her first Grand Slam final but she pushed the 2012 champion to the limit.