Kiki Bertens is the new champion for the ladies of Cincinnati. The Dutch save a match and made a dramatic turn to World number 1 Simona Halep to achieve the biggest title in her career. The 26-year-old Breda tennis player took 2: 6, 7: 6 (6), 6: 2 after 2.05 hours of play.
Bertons won the first trophy during her second final in the highest category of ladies in the Grand Slam. In May she came to Madrid for the title of the red courts, but lost to Petra Kvitova 6: 7 (6), 6: 4, 3: 6.
The final of Cincinnati started very well for Callepe, who played very steady from the baseline and made some mistakes. The Romanian woman made two breakthroughs of two opportunities and reflected the only chance she had opened before Bertens won the first set.
The Dutchman, who played quarter-finals in this year's Wimbledon, significantly improved his game in the second part. She missed the lead in the first game after leading with 40: 0 on the serve of Callepe, but managed to win the second round of the Romanian.
Bertens defeated the following players to win Cincinnati (WTA rankings 8/13):
World number 1 Halep
World number 2 Wozniacki
World number 6 Kvitova
World number 7 Svitolin
World number 24 Vandeweghe
World number 30 Kontaveit
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Bertens confirmed his advantage and moments later he was 4: 2. However, the errors in her game came back and Halep returned in the 4: 4 break.
In the following games it failed to make a breakthrough and the Dutch even missed the setball.
Eventually it came to a tiebreak. Berttens scored the first stroke, resulting in 4: 2. Hallepe reacted with a turn from 3: 5 to 6: 5 and agreed. The starting shot, however, shot the Dutch, who won the second set with a series of three consecutive runs.
Berttens turned out to be a fresh physique in the crucial third part. Halep, who last week lifted the title to Montreal, has begun to bow to his rivals. Both exchanged a break before the start, after which World No. 1 was left at 1: 4. In the eighth game she lost her hand again and this put a point in the game.
Bertens has halted Halle from nine consecutive victories in all tournaments. With the triumph in Cincinnati, the Dutch set a record to a record position in 13th place in the world ranking.
"I can not find words to describe this moment," said Bertens, who made a second victory in two games with Aleppo. She is the first Dutch player since 2006 to win a hard court tournament from the ATP or WTA calendar.
"I was a bit tired, but it was an incredible week and Kiki really deserved the title, and I miss a third stop here, but maybe I can win at least one in the future," said Roumania.