New Haven, CT (Sports Network) - Surging Romanian Simona Halep knocked off
reigning champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets Saturday to claim the New
Haven Open title, a final U.S. Open tune-up.
The 21-year-old Halep needed just over an hour to dispose of the third-seeded
Kvitova, earning a 6-2, 6-2 victory on the hardcourts at the Connecticut
Tennis Center at Yale University.
The title was Halep's fourth in her last seven tournaments overall, helping
the surging right-hander improve to an impressive 35-14 this year.
The former Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who topped Russian Maria Kirilenko in
last year's New Haven finale, was seeking her 11th WTA title and second this
season after winning in Dubai back in February.
Halep earned $117,000 for her first-place finish.
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