Champion Halep hailed on Romania homecoming

New French Open champion Simona Halep was hailed as a heroine on her return to Romania with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen.
The World No.1 was welcomed by 15,000 fans at the Bucharest National Stadium as they celebrated her first Grand Slam.
"I hope this trophy is the beginning of a new generation of champions," an emotional Halep told the crowd.

Halep's achievement was also celebrated with a musical reception.
She was later happy to pose for photos - and some young fans were very keen to get their hands on the shiny new trophy.

Simona Halep meets young fans at the Bucharest National Stadium (Getty)
Halep meets some young fans (Getty)

The new French Open champion had earlier been met at the airport with a literal red carpet reception.