Bertens shocks Halep to win title

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Halep still expected in New Haven: Simona Halep, the WTA's No. 1-ranked player who won the Rogers Cup in Montreal on August 12, advanced to the final at the Western & Southern Open in suburban Cincinnati on Sunday but lost to Bertens, 6-2, 6-7 (6), 2-6.

"I had match ball, so I was there", Helep said. "In the third set I was empty and I couldn't fight anymore".

The upset took just over two hours and marked the 10 time this season that 17-ranked Bertens has defeated a top 10 opponent.

"I was, like, 'Yeah, I know this feeling, '" Bertens elaborated.

Simona Halep (ROU) returns a shot against Kiki Bertens (NED) during the finals in the Western and Southern tennis open at Lindner Family Tennis Center.

But that is slightly unfair to the current best player in the world in the women's game, Simona Halep, who has maintained her impressive 2018 with a strong past two weeks at the Masters events in Montreal and then Cincinnati.

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Wozniacki has reached just one final since Australia, which she won in Eastbourne in June, while Halep has established herself, not always as the victor, but as a consistent presence at the business end of a tournament. "I think it was such a tough match, and after winning that second set I knew, like, anything is still possible".

She is replaced in the draw by lucky loser Belinda Bencic, who will face qualifier Camila Giorgi in the second round. It has been a lot of work to get back where I wanted to be, and of course I am still hungry to get better.

"Maybe once I will win one because I love to play here", said Halep.

Halep seriously faded in the final set, going down two breaks to trail 1-4.

Halep won the title in New Haven in 2013 but has not competed at the event since 2014. A defiant match with Venus Williams at Wimbledon's Third round winnign 6-2,6-7, 8-6 as she was filled with lots of emotion saying "It means a lot, I can not really believe it".

While not specifying if she will actually play, Halep said she would travel to CT yesterday. "It's a great confidence (builder), and I'm looking forward actually for the next one to be better on court".

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