Dubai Tennis Championships: Simona Halep wins title for second time
World number two Simona Halep has won 20th WTA title, beating Elena Rybakina 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) at the Dubai Tennis Championships closing.
The Romanian, who reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January, struggled in the first place but fought to raise the trophy.
Rybakina, 20, playing with her final this season, took the two-time Grand Slam winner.
“I played very hard, I really needed to win this championship,” said Halep.
World number 19 Rybakina broke into the top 50 in September and in 2020 has reached the finals of this Shenzhen Open and St Petersburg Ladies Trophy in Addition to winning the Hobart International.
Victory in the Aviation Club Tennis Centre is world number one the very first name of Halep of 2020.
“I’ve got such mad emotions at this time, it has been a wonderful game,” Halep added.
“Rybakina remains really young and has many years ahead of her in the sport.
“It was a little bit hard, I had been overly stressed. You have to battle for every match, I think I gave my very best this week”