The Romanian tennis player Simona Halep has won the 500,000-dollar WTA tournament in Shenzhen (China) on Saturday, after sweeping Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland), #8 seed, 6-2, 6-2.
Halep (23, #3 WTA), the main favourite of the Open, did her best game in Shenzhen and topped her 9th WTA title, after those in Nuremberg, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Budapest, New Haven, Moscow, Sofia (all in 2013), Doha and Bucharest (both in 2014).
The final in Shenzhen was the number 15 for the Romanian tennis player, after losing two games in Fes (2010, 2011), in Brussels (2012), in Madrid, Roland Garros and the Tour of Champions (all in 2014).
For Simona, this was her first tournament with her new technical staff, the Swedish Thomas Hogstedt and the Romanian Victor Ionita, Agerpres informs.
Simona Halep, who received 280 WTA points for the Shenzhen title, was rewarded by the former Chinese great champion Na Li with a 111,163 USD check, while Bacsinszky received 55,323 USD check and 180 WTA points.
Simona is to play next week in Sydney Australian Open (731,000 USD), where she also is the main favourite, and is going to play directly in the eight-finals against the winner between Karolina Pliskova (the Czech Republic) and a player from qualifications.