SHENZHEN, China: World primary Simona Halep fired a warning to her Australian Open rivals on Saturday, beating Katerina Siniakova in three units to win the Shenzhen Open.
The Romanian noticed off the reigning champion from the Czech Republic 6-1, 2-6, 6-zero in seventy two rollercoaster minutes in rain-hit southern China.
The 26-yr-previous Halep is assured prime seeding for the Australian Open, the season’s first Grand Slam, which begins in Melbourne on January 15.
This was her sixteenth WTA title however the first since reaching the highest of the world rankings in October.
The match was delayed by 5 hours due to rain in Shenzhen and needed to be moved indoors earlier than play might start. Halep had earlier offered a coronary heart-warming second when she made use of the extreme rain delay by exchanging a couple of photographs with a younger boy who had been plucked from the sodden crowd.
To applause and cheers, Halep shook the boy’s hand afterwards and planted a kiss on his cheek.
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