Halep eyes second straight Madrid title after downing Sevastova

Clyde Nash
May 14, 2017

Halep got back on track in the decider, opening up a 5-2 lead and closed out the match comfortably to grab her 15th career title.

In the first game of the match Halep got broken, but then she broke back in the fourth game despite Mladenovic had six game points.

Sevastova went into the match without having dropped a set in the tournament but she proved no match for the Romanian who eased to a 6-2 6-3 success.

After taking the opener, Mladenovic did not face a break point in the second set. This year she won St. Petersburg, and has been runner-up at Acapulco and last week in Stuttgart, falling to Laura Siegemund 7-6 in the third set. The two met at the 2017 Indian Wells Masters where Mladenovic defeated Halep in straight sets.

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"He is now under a provisional suspension by the ITF for his prior offensive actions and we revoked his credential privileges at WTA events while the investigation is being completed".

Stay tuned to see how the action unfolds at the Madrid Open.

"The Madrid tournament is a Premier-level event and held to the highest standards of professional tennis and leadership which were not reflected today".

However, Halep thanked the former World No 1 before happily posing for a picture with him courtside.

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"Even though I'm leading in our head-to-head, we never played on clay", Mladenovic said.

Now Mladenovic was showing signs of back pain, and increasingly resorted to sliced replies on both wings, and Halep went on the offensive to take advantage. Could she recover enough to handle all the running she would need to do against Halep? Great spirit, attitude, great game.

And Halep completely broke Mladenovic's spirit in another epic 14-point game for a 5-2 lead before serving out for the championship to love. "I've got to give credit to Simona for an fantastic game today". "That's going to be a brand-new challenge for me, especially that she's more used to being in a finals of such a big events than me, especially here in Madrid".

"Yeah, just head up and only take the positives".

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