Sharapova beats Halep in Madrid final|
Madrid, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Maria Sharapova fought back from a
sluggish start to beat Simona Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in Sunday's final at the
Sharapova seemed on course for a second consecutive runner-up finish at this
clay court event after a first set in which she was broken three times and
committed four double faults.
The eighth-seeded Russian, who lost to Serena Williams in the 2013 Madrid
final, turned things around to extend her winning streak on red clay to 11
matches and capture a 31st career title.
"I really wanted to go one extra step this year and it's been such a great
week," Sharapova said.
After winning 76 percent of her service points in the opening set, the
fourth-seeded Halep was broken twice in the second set.
Sharapova earned two more breaks on errant backhands en route to grabbing a
4-1 lead in the third set. A sloppy service game by Sharapova gave Halep a
break at love. The Romanian then closed to within 4-3 with a solid hold, but
she netted a backhand on match point to be broken a fifth time.
"I was enjoying this week and I'm sad that this week is finished. I'm not sad
because I lost. I'm sad because this week is finished for me and I can't wait
to play here next year," said Halep, who had been 7-0 in three-set matches
05/11 13:41:15 ET