Romanian Simona Halep’s superb year continued on Sunday as she captured her fifth title of the year beating Australian Samantha Stosur 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 in the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, according to Yahoo Sports.
The 22-year-old fifth seed – ranked 18 in the world at the end of last week – took 1hr 41minutes to defeat her seventh-seeded opponent and 2011 US Open champion and record only her second win in five meetings with the Australian.
“It’s an incredible year for me and I am enjoying every moment of it,” said Halep, who is projected to break into the Top 15 after her latest win.
“Now I already have all of my thoughts about the Tournament of Champions in Sofia (the second tier end of season tournament, the top event taking place in Istanbul in the coming week).“It’s a very special event for me and I’m preparing thoroughly for it and hope to perform there at my top level.”
Halep and Stosur, who was looking for her second successive title having won in Osaka last Sunday, were evenly -matched throughout the first set but the Romanian took a firm grip on the tie-break to take the set in just over an hour.
Stosur, 29, started the second set brightly breaking her opponent immediately but Halep, who has won all of her four previous finals this year, stepped up a gear and broke back before breaking Stosur’s serve on another two occasions to ease to victory.
At the award ceremony the winner Halep received a silver trophy by Cartier and a USD 132,470 cheque, while runner-up Stosur pocketed USD 70,728.
Simona Halep won this year all her career’s WTA tournaments: Nurnberg, Hertogenbosch, Budapest and New Haven.
At the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in May, Halep gained three of the biggest victories of her career, by defeating two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round, World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round and two-times tournament champion and Former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic to reach the semi-finals. However she was defeated soundly in the semi-finals by Serena Williams 6–3 6–0.
She is the most successful player of the year behind Serena Williams and her ten titles. Plus, she is the only player of the year to win at least a tournament on every surface (hard, clay and grass).