BUCHAREST, Romania - Top seed Simona Halep was nearly flawless in the final of the BRD Bucharest Open, putting on a clay court masterclass in her 6-0, 6-0 win against Anastasija Sevastova to claim her second hometown title in three years.
"I think I've never won 6-0, 6-0 in a WTA event," Halep marveled after the match.
"I knew she was a tough adversary and I never dreamt of winning this way," she added. "A player that reaches the final has a strong game, feels the game.
"Today I think I was more solid, I fought every ball, I was aggressive and I managed to finish the points very quick."
Quick is certainly one word to describe the 46-minute encounter. Halep was serving excellently and didn't face a break point at all in the first set, and just two in the second set. In fact, Halep only dropped four points total on her serve all set long. She kept Sevastova under pressure throughout the match and seemed to be able to chase down any ball that came to her side of the court.
"I cannot compare today's match to anything, it's a very special feeling to win home," Halep said. "This tournament is great because it takes place in Bucharest and many Romanians have come to support me.
"I am very happy, especially because I won like this. I was very strong, I was confident and I can also say I was determined from the very beginning.
It was a beautiful final and it's also my 13th title. I will never forget this day."
Despite the lopsided score line in the final, Sevastova has plenty of positives to draw from this tournament as she continues her career resurgence.
She showed nothing but class and good humor during the trophy presentation.
"Congratulations to Simona, today she really showed that she's one of the best players in the world," Sevastova praised her opponent after the match.
"Also thank you to my coach Ronald. That was good advice today, at the 5-0," she joked.