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CANADIAN OPEN: HALEP DEFEATS HADDAD TO CLAIM TITLE AS PABLO WINS MEN’S SINGLE

Brazilian Haddad Maia succumbed to superior power of Simona Halep in the final of the Canadian Open as the Romanian return to the top 10 in world ranking clinching the title.

The National Bank Open champion in 2016 and 2018 who had suffered injury in most part of last season was broken in the opening set after serving four doubles faults, but was quick in response when she was 3-2 down and subsequently rattled off four consecutive games to snatch the opening set.

In the second set Haddad Maia was near excellent, recovering from the first set down, she simply had a space lead in set, firing out to 4-0 lead. She sustained the momentum held on to level the match.

Halep, who rebounded from a 3-0 deficit in the first set to sweep six games, crafted the same pattern in the third set. This time there was an exchange of breaks, obviously an expression of both players intent for the title, the Romanian was a master class on her groundstrokes as she easily led 4-1 lead. She kept to her aggressive play and sterling in her overhead winners en- route to a love hold for 5-2.

The Brazilian who recently won the Birmingham Open title two months before this tournament responded with an exhibition of strong play in the forecourt to hold for 5-3. But the former World No.1 obviously showed the character of a champion who went to serve out the match, she was simply phenomenal as she took the lead to wrap the title, winning 6-3 2-6 6-3 to rise back up to sixth in the world rankings.

But Haddad Maia expectedly will hold her head high considering her performance as first Brazilian to reach quarter-final and beyond at a WTA 1000 event. And also the first Brazilian to reach the final of the National Bank Open!

With the triumph! Halep wins the Canadian Open for the third time and her 38th match win of the season. In continuing her good show she will most likely set her quest to the US Open for the title and attempt to reach Iga Swaitek 49 match win a season.

Meanwhile, in the men’s single Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta came from a set down to beat Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz  3-6 6-3 6-3 to claim the men’s crown. 

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