Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Kiki Bertens Stuns Simona Halep To Win Mutua Madrid Open 2019

Kiki Bertens Stuns Simona Halep To Win Mutua Madrid Open 2019

"It's an awesome tournament for me, very special", Halep said.

Simona could also achieve a better athletic freshness, as her opponent finished playing a few hours later in the semifinal of yesterday.

It will be an overall balanced final, where Halep's experience and her desire to win her first seasonal title could be an advantage for her. "But always when I step on the court, I'm ready for a three-hour match, so I'm OK".

"It is normal at this level, I expect tough matches all the time", Halep told reporters.

A victory in the title match would be the 19th of Halep's career and would also allow her to regain the World No. 1 ranking. "I played some good tennis and will be number four in the world on Monday, it is just all fantastic things", Bertens added.

The Romanian, Simona Halep opened the match and made a hold by surviving the crosscourt forehands from Kiki Bertens' end.

"In the third I just started over again, I played smarter, opening up the court and being more aggressive". The Romanian lost that in January when Naomi Osaka of Japan moved to the top spot. I played some good tennis.

"Of course, I'm very happy", the world No. 18 said.

"It is going to be a really tough battle, I would say", Bertens stated.

"I think she played better tennis tonight", said two-time Madrid victor Halep. Despite this, Kiki is playing a great week, so we could see some surprise. After a hold, she broke to clinch the set with another backhand victor to send the match to a third set.

Running back and forth on the Spanish clay Simona Halep battled to hold her serve to love and keeps her third title hopes in Madrid alive.

Bertens hit 12 winners in the victory over Stephens - who had six - in the 89-minute match. He lost in the last four in both Monte Carlo and Barcelona, arriving in Madrid without winning either tournament for the first time since 2015. Kiki Bertens got a free point as her wide overhead smash directly hit Halep's knee, which consequently took away double break chances from Halep. "And I think it was good today that I broke her straight back when she broke me and that I was still able to fight for the second set".

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