(June 15, 2013) Simona Halep won her first WTA tournament on Saturday by defeating Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-3. She is the eighth Romanian WTA titlist after Virginia Ruzici, Irina Spirlea, Ruxandra, Dragomir Ilie, Sorana Cirstea, Alexandra Dulgheru, Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu.
“This is a very nice win for me, and this is a very nice tournament, Halep said. “I’ll never forget this. Andrea beat me in Romania a few years ago and I’m happy I could win against her here today. She played great and the atmosphere was great. It’s an unbelievable feeling to win my first WTA title.”
For Petkovic it was her first final since Fall of 2011. Petkovic has been on and off the tour due to various injuries and is projected to enter the top 100 when the rankings come out next week.
“There are definitely more positives than negatives,” Petkovic said.” The good thing is Simona made it a little easier for me to get over the loss because she played such an incredible match. She played an almost perfect match, especially after she found her rhythm in the middle of the first set. I wasn’t playing my best tennis, but even if I was playing my best tennis, it would be a very, very tough call.”