Halep eyes first Slam title in Paris

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PARIS (AP) Simona Halep has learned from her mistakes, and she is hoping to put her newly acquired knowledge to the test at this year's French Open.

The top-ranked Romanian led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros. She looked to be on the verge of claiming her first Grand Slam title on the Parisian clay, but fell apart and eventually lost to the unseeded Latvian in her second French Open final.

"I've learned that I have to be more aggressive in that position, when I'm leading the match," the 26-year-old Halep told The Associated Press on Thursday, a few hours before the draw for the French Open, which starts Sunday.


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2 R. Federer 8,670
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4 M. Cilic 4,950
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1 S. Halep 7,270
2 C. Wozniacki 6,935
3 G. Muguruza 6,010
4 E. Svitolina 5,505
5 J. Ostapenko 5,382
6 K. Pliskova 5,335
7 C. Garcia 5,170
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