Halep beats Stosur for Kremlin Cup crown|
Moscow, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Romanian Simona Halep captured her fifth
title of the year with a straight-set victory over Australian Samantha Stosur
in the final of the Kremlin Cup.
The 22-year-old fifth seed took down former U.S. Open champion Stosur by a 7-6
(7-1), 6-2 score. Halep did not drop a set all week.
Halep had a breakout summer, first with victories in consecutive weeks in June
at Nuremburg and Den Bosch, then with a title in Budapest in July and another
in August in New Haven.
"I've been playing more aggressively this year, hitting the ball very strong,
and I'm more relaxed on the court and have been focusing much better on every
point," Halep said. "I still have a few things I want to improve, but I will
work on them in the off-season. I'm very happy with how I'm playing now.
"It's been an incredible year for me. I've won five titles now. I feel
The seventh-seeded Stosur, who lost to Caroline Wozniacki in last year's
final, was trying for her second consecutive tournament triumph. The Aussie
won last week in Osaka for her fifth career title. She had a nine-match win
streak snapped Sunday.
Stosur came into Sunday's match with a 3-1 lifetime record against Halep.
Halep took home $132,470 with the victory.
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