Hero’s welcome for Halep at home

Simona Halep returned to Romania to a hero’s welcome and a big reception at the Arena Națională in Bucharest Wednesday.

Imagine thousands of your countrymen and women chanting your name – just for winning a tennis tournament. It has to be truly heady stuff.

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And it speaks to what her accomplishments mean to the people of a country with a population around 20 million.

Two of the foremost names in Romanian tennis – Ilie Nastase and billionaire Ion Tiriac, without whose financial support Halep might not even have had a career, were there to greet her at the airport.

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