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Bucharest Gallery: A Win For The People

WTA Rising Star Simona Halep and her loyal Romanian fans got closer throughout the week at the Bucharest Open - see 15 of the best pics from the week here.

Published July 13, 2014 12:10

Simona Halep's popularity around the world has been rising and rising over the last 14 months...
Simona Halep's popularity around the world has been rising and rising over the last 14 months...
But the WTA Rising Star's status in her native Romania has been skyrocketing in epic proportions.
But the WTA Rising Star's status in her native Romania has been skyrocketing in epic proportions.
A number of fellow WTA stars stood in her way at the inaugural Bucharest Open, like Monica Niculescu.
A number of fellow WTA stars stood in her way at the inaugural Bucharest Open, like Monica Niculescu.
And it was a battle, but Halep edged Niculescu in an all-Romanian semifinal in three sets Saturday.
And it was a battle, but Halep edged Niculescu in an all-Romanian semifinal in three sets Saturday.
The No.2 seed, Roberta Vinci, was the No.1-seeded Halep's final opponent - Halep prevailed, 6-1, 6-3.
The No.2 seed, Roberta Vinci, was the No.1-seeded Halep's final opponent - Halep prevailed, 6-1, 6-3.
Halep's eighth WTA title - all of them coming in the last 14 months - was her first in Romania.
Halep's eighth WTA title - all of them coming in the last 14 months - was her first in Romania.
And her many, many fans at home were with her all the way, in this case trying to grab a memento...
And her many, many fans at home were with her all the way, in this case trying to grab a memento...
The Romanian fans were cheering her on loud and proud throughout the tournament week, actually.
The Romanian fans were cheering her on loud and proud throughout the tournament week, actually.
From flag-waving...
From flag-waving...
... to cool, calm and collected support from another Romanian legend...
... to cool, calm and collected support from another Romanian legend...
... and signs...
... and signs...
... and more signs...
... and more signs...
Halep and her fans got a little bit closer this past week. And there was one last surprise...
Halep and her fans got a little bit closer this past week. And there was one last surprise...
Halep didn't just sign the traditional tennis balls to hit to the crowd - they were oversized ones.
Halep didn't just sign the traditional tennis balls to hit to the crowd - they were oversized ones.
And the Romanian celebration wasn't done - Elena Bogdan and Alexandra Cadantu took home the doubles.
And the Romanian celebration wasn't done - Elena Bogdan and Alexandra Cadantu took home the doubles.
  • Simona Halep's popularity around the world has been rising and rising over the last 14 months...
  • But the WTA Rising Star's status in her native Romania has been skyrocketing in epic proportions.
  • A number of fellow WTA stars stood in her way at the inaugural Bucharest Open, like Monica Niculescu.
  • And it was a battle, but Halep edged Niculescu in an all-Romanian semifinal in three sets Saturday.
  • The No.2 seed, Roberta Vinci, was the No.1-seeded Halep's final opponent - Halep prevailed, 6-1, 6-3.
  • Halep's eighth WTA title - all of them coming in the last 14 months - was her first in Romania.
  • And her many, many fans at home were with her all the way, in this case trying to grab a memento...
  • The Romanian fans were cheering her on loud and proud throughout the tournament week, actually.
  • From flag-waving...
  • ... to cool, calm and collected support from another Romanian legend...
  • ... and signs...
  • ... and more signs...
  • Halep and her fans got a little bit closer this past week. And there was one last surprise...
  • Halep didn't just sign the traditional tennis balls to hit to the crowd - they were oversized ones.
  • And the Romanian celebration wasn't done - Elena Bogdan and Alexandra Cadantu took home the doubles.
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