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Simona Halep wins German Open for first time since 2004

Simona Halep wins German Open for first time since 2004

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Simona Halep won the German Open on Tuesday – the first time she has won a major singles title since Serena Williams in 2004.

The 23-year-old stunned the Swiss with a stunning backhand winner in the fourth set for a 6-2, 6-3 victory, with world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki in some doubt whether she had broken Halep’s serve.

World No 1 Halep had been in some doubt whether she had broken Stefanos Tsitsipas’s serve and was beaten by a set and a half.

However, world number three Wozniacki will need to win the title to avoid being the first player to drop from the top three of the WTA Rankings.

Both Halep and Wozniacki have the same ranking and to be first to drop means they will both lose their ranking which is tied to a certain number of points.

Former top female tennis player Laura Robson said: ‘You’ve got to look at the bigger picture. All the rankings were decided on the same points and Halep has been the world No 1 by a pretty long way and she is playing really well right now.

Simona Halep has claimed her first major title at the German Open

World number one Halep’s coach says he expects the ‘biggest threat’ to drop out of the top five

World no 1 Halep has defeated the Swiss Caroline Wozniacki, who was down a set and a half, to win her first event since the US Open last year

World No 1 Simona Halep celebrates victory with her coach in front of a big crowd at German Open. Halep had been down by a set and a half after losing in the second round

World number one Simona Halep defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-3. Wozniacki was in some doubts whether she could get past the German, only to be proved right after Halep’s remarkable comeback to beat the Swiss in

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