Two of the most popular players on the WTA stepped onto center court for a very big final on Sunday.
It was the final of the Mutua Madrid Open - the third of four Premier Mandatory events of the year.
Maria Sharapova struggled with her consistency early on, almost getting blanked in the first set, 6-1.
But Sharapova upped the aggression and put Halep on the defensive more and more in the next two sets.
Sharapova hit 18 winners to 15 unforced in the second and third sets against the rock solid Halep...
And after all was said and done, Sharapova had emerged victorious against Halep, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Sharapova not only brought out a top notch acceptance speech, she also gave a special goodbye speech.
Simultaneous to the trophy ceremony, Dinara Safina's official retirement ceremony took place Sunday.
Halep had played the biggest final of her career - and her eighth WTA final in the last 12 months.
But it was Sharapova who left with the trophy, her second WTA title of the year and 31st of her career.
What's more, Sharapova is now a perfect 11-0 on clay this year - 5-0 in Stuttgart, 6-0 in Madrid.
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Safina never won a Grand Slam but did reach two of her three major finals in Paris - in 2008 and 2009.
The doubles final was played on Saturday night, with Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci prevailing.
Errani and Vinci now have three WTA doubles titles this year - the Aussie Open, Stuttgart and Madrid.