Bertens triumphs in Madrid and halts Halep push for top spot
14 Mai, 2019, 06:57 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
The 27-year-old player from the Netherlands looked dominant throughout the summit showdown as she eased past reigning French Open champion Halep 6-4, 6-4 in nearly one and a half hour to lift the title.
Bertens more than played her part, becoming a deserving victor and the first woman ever to win the title without even dropping a set.
Bencic worked a set point in the 12th game, only to see Halep fire off a couple of winners to hold, and they headed to a tie-break.
Yet Bencic's momentum completely disappeared in the third as she became the third player in this tournament to be shut out in a set by Halep, who dished out a bagel against Margarita Gasparyan and two in her demolition of Viktoria Kuzmova.
"It is normal at this level, I expect tough matches all the time", Halep said.
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Osaka started the match with a pair of easy holds and in between, had a break point on Bencic's first service game, but she netted a forehand and the Swiss escaped with a hold to keep pace.
"I found Simona was playing better than me the whole match", Bencic told reporters. "But overall, I'm pretty happy how I fought". The Swiss opened with a fine touch volley victor, and she edged to 3-0 with a backhand return-of-serve victor.
Halep was ruthless, determined and near flawless again as the match headed to its conclusion in double-quick time.
And so the mighty Romanian maintains her assault on reclaiming not just the Madrid title but the No1 ranking.
"It's going to be really tough (against Halep), we played each other in the past so I know it will be a tough battle, but I'm ready for it, one more push here". "She deserved to win the match, definitely", she said.
Halep had no complaints, congratulating her opponent while admitting she played into Bertens' hands. I love it also here.
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