Sofia Gallery: Simona, Home Favorite?
Simona Halep may not be Bulgarian but it was hard to tell in Sofia, with Romanian tennis royalty and a large crowd from neighboring Romania cheering her on. All the best pics from the final, here!
Published November 04, 2013 12:00
Romanian tennis royalty - Ilie Nastase was in Sofia for the first time in over 50 years for the final.
All for Romanian Simona Halep facing Sam Stosur for the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions title.
The No.4-seeded Stosur came out far stronger, storming through the first set in just 31 minutes, 6-2.
But Halep had a lot of support in the crowd, not just Nastase and her team but crowds of Romanians.
The No.1-seeded Halep battled back fiercely and eventually outdid Stosur in three sets, 26 62 62.
It was the Romanian's sixth WTA title of an absolute breakthrough year and she'll finish at No.11 now.
With the fans cheering loudly, Halep lifted the trophy - maybe one of the biggest trophies of the year?
Halep shared the victory with her fans, and also received special congratulations from Nastase.
Halep is the third-highest-ranked Romanian in WTA history, after Virginia Ruzici and Irina Spirlea.
Halep has won her last seven matches against Top 20 players - the last loss? Serena Williams in Cincy.