CINCINNATI, August 20: Dutch challenger Kiki Bertens profited from a third-set collapse from Simona Halep to score the biggest win of her career on Sunday, beating the world number one 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 in the Cincinnati final. Halep, who won the Montreal trophy a week ago and came into the final on a nine-match winning streak, ran out of reserves and was unable to stop the mounting Bertens momentum.
“I’ve lost three finals here, but maybe I will be able to win one at this tournament because I love to play here,” said Halep, who fell to Serena Williams in the 2015 final of the hardcourt US Open tuneup and to Garbine Muguruza in the title match last year.
The upset took just over two hours and marked the 10th time this season that 17th-ranked Bertens has defeated a top 10 opponent.
“Hopefully we can play many more matches like this in the future,” said Bertens , who claimed a sixth career WTA title.
Bertens saved a match point in the second-set tiebreaker to stay alive. Halep had looked like ending a quick afternoon with a victory after breaking Bertens twice to sweep the first set. (AFP)