Simona Halep Wins Madrid Title; Djokovic Sets Up Murray Title-Clash

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 | 0


Simona Halep of Romania bagged the women’s singles title at the Mutua Madrid Open after defeating Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-4 in the Saturday’s title-clash.

Halep, the sixth seed, was the clear favorite coming into the match, and she lived up to the expectations by clinching a straight-set win in the battle that lasted an hour and 20 minutes.

The Romanian star held on to her serve throughout the match, hit 20 winners, and committed just 10 unforced errors against 23 of Cibulkova to bag the WTA Premier crown here.

“I’m really happy I could win this trophy. It’s very special for me,” Halep was quoted as saying by WTA Tennis. Cibulkova was gracious in her defeat, saying: “She was plyaing really well in the finals and she deserves to win it, so well done.”

Halep, eventually, walked away with whopping prize money of €912,900 and 1000 ranking points that will see her re-enter the top five of world rankings on Monday.

In the women’s doubles final, the fifth-seeded French duo of Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia upset the top-seeded Indo-Swiss combination of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis, 6-4 6-4.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic set up a mouth-watering title-clash with Andy Murray after the duo pulled off straight-set wins in their respective semi-final encounters in the men’s singles category.

While the top-seeded Djokovic brushed aside Kei Nishikori 6-3 7-6, the second-seeded Murray put up a dominating show to oust Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-4 in the last-four stage on Saturday.


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