Doha Gallery: Halep's Big Payday
Simona Halep went from strength to strength at the Qatar Total Open, eventually beating three Top 10 players in a row in the last three rounds - all in straight sets - for her biggest payday yet.
Published February 17, 2014 12:10
All week the WTA stars battled hard - but none of those Top 5 seeds were left on Finals Day...
One by one they were all picked off, until it was the No.6 and No.7 seeds left playing for the title.
Angelique Kerber, the sixth seed, and Simona Halep, the seventh seed, were left standing on Sunday.
Kerber had come up with the shot of the week in the semifinals, but the magic would run out...
Halep broke at love in the opening game of the final and never really looked back for a 62 63 victory.
Halep won the seventh and biggest WTA title of her career, and moved from No.10 to No.9 this week.
She also soars to No.3 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard, behind Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova.
Halep has now won her last six matches against Top 10 players. Her last loss? To the World No.1...
Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai beat Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik for the doubles title earlier.
By virtue of this week's results, Peng is the new World No.1 doubles player and Hsieh goes to No.2.