French Open: Five Things to Know About Finalist Simona Halep

Updated: 06 June 2014 09:20 IST

Simona Halep faces Maria Sharapova for the French Open crown. Here are things that are largely unknown about the Romanian professional tennis player.

French Open: Five Things to Know About Finalist Simona Halep
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Five things to know about Simona Halep who will face Maria Sharapova in Saturday's French Open final at Roland Garros:

- When she was a teenager she went underwent breast reduction surgery to take her size from a 34DD to 34C. It was a measure aimed at improving her movement around the court. However, the 22-year-old is reluctant to keep talking about it. "Sorry, but I don't want to speak about this one. It was a long time ago and it's something personal, so I'm sorry. About tennis I will speak with pleasure, but that problem, it's my personal thing. Sorry."

- Her manager is Virginia Ruzici, the only Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam title when she claimed the 1978 French Open. Ruzici was also the runner-up in Paris to Chris Evert in 1980.

- She has footballer's legs. Well, that's what her coach Wim Fissette reckons.

- She plays tennis but doesn't watch a lot of it, neither live nor on TV

- Halep is the first player since Martina Hingis at the 1997 Australian Open to reach her first Grand Slam final without dropping a set (and Hingis went on to win that final in straight sets).

Topics : Tennis
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