Stephens graceful in defeat at French Open

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PARIS (AP)-- Sloane Stephens was graceful in defeat after missing out on the French Open title.

The reigning U.S. Open champion led by a set and break before Simona Halep managed to turn Saturday's final around with her relentless energy to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

"This is not the trophy I wanted but it's still beautiful, so thank you guys," Stephens said as she addressed spectators on Court Philippe Chatrier. "To Simona, congratulations on your first Slam. It looks great on you. There's no one I'd rather lose to than the No.1 in the world, so congratulations to you and your team."