Halep Wins Third WTA Title In Five Weeks

Having won Nürnberg and 's-Hertogenbosch in back-to-back weeks right before Wimbledon, Simona Halep won her third WTA title in the last five weeks at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.

Published July 14, 2013 12:03

Halep Wins Third WTA Title In Five Weeks
Simona Halep

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Simona Halep regrouped after letting three match points go in the second set and ran away with it against Yvonne Meusburger in the third to capture the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Having not lost a set all week, the No.3-seeded Halep looked headed for another straight set win in the final as she won a routine first set and built triple match point in the second set tie-break at 6-3. Meusburger won eight of the next 10 points to snatch the tie-break and go up 30-15 in the first game of the third, but that was pretty much her last stand, as Halep ran away with it from there, 63 67(7) 61.

"It was an amazing match," Halep said. "Yvonne played really well. I had match points in the second set and she came back, and it was very difficult to win after that but I did and I'm very happy."

Since the French Open, Halep has put together a 16-1 record, winning her first two WTA titles in back-to-back weeks right before Wimbledon at Nürnberg and 's-Hertogenbosch, then reaching the second round of Wimbledon (falling to Li Na in three sets), and now winning another title in Budapest.

"It's a fantastic feeling to win my third WTA title of the year," Halep added. "I just believed in my chances and I've taken them. I'm really enjoying my game right now. I hope that I can keep winning."

Halep is the fourth Romanian player ever to win three or more WTA titles, after Virginia Ruzici (who won 11 WTA titles), Irina Spirlea (who won four) and Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie (who also won four).

As for Meusburger, it was still a special week - before this, the only WTA tournament she had ever been to the quarterfinals or better of was her home event in Bad Gastein (doing it six times there).

"I think Simona and I played a really good match today," Meusburger said about the final. "It was a great atmosphere to play here. The people were really great and they were helping us both during the match, I think. But at the end she was just better and she really deserved to win the title today.

"I'm still happy, because I played a really good tournament. I'm only taking positive things with me from here. I'm really happy how this tournament ended and I'm looking forward to the next one."

The doubles went to top seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, who beat Nina Bratchikova and Anna Tatishvili in the final, 64 61. It was Hlavackova and Hradecka's 10th WTA doubles title as a duo, winning two in 2008 (Prague, Bad Gastein), one in 2009 (Bad Gastein), one in 2010 (Brisbane), one in 2011 (Roland Garros) and four in 2012 (Auckland, Memphis, Cincinnati, Luxembourg).

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