New Haven Gallery: Simona Sizzles
Simona Halep showed why she is one of the hottest players on the WTA these days with a dynamic performance in the New Haven Open at Yale final.
Published August 24, 2013 12:00
Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep were all smiles before Saturday's New Haven Open at Yale final.
Kvitova was looking to successfully defend a title for the first time in her career.
Halep was seeking her first Premier level title and her first WTA hardcourt title.
Halep rejoiced after securing a surprisingly easy 62 62 victory.
Halep kissed the winner's trophy after becoming New Haven's first Romanian champ.
Halep's four WTA titles this season are the second most of any player.
Kvitova was Halep's victim for the Romanian's fifth career Top 10 win.
Halep was more than happy to sign autographs after her 25th win in her last 28 matches.
Halep became the WTA's first player to collect a title on every surface so far this year.
The doubles crown was captured by Sania Mirza and Zheng Jie, their first WTA title as a duo.