WTA New Haven Open: Simona Halep won her first hardcourt title beating Petra Kvitova
Last Updated: August 25, 2013 10:51am
Simona Halep clinched her fourth title of the summer with victory over Petra Kvitova in the final of the New Haven Open.
The 21-year-old won her first hardcourt event on the eve of the US Open, where she faces Britain's Heather Watson in the first round.
She has now won on all surfaces following success on clay in Nuremburg and Budapest as well as on grass in Den Bosch.
The Romanian required just an hour and six minutes to see off the former Wimbledon champion 6-2 6-2, recording an ace on her first match point.
Halep took control against the defending champion after breaking for the first time to lead 3-2, winning a total of seven successive games to lead 3-0 in the second set, from where there was no way back for the third seed.
"It was an incredible match for me," she said. "I played very beautiful tennis today. I was enjoying every moment.
"She played really good also. I'm really happy that I won this match and this tournament. I am feeling very, very good - it's an unbelievable period for me this year."
Halep, who will start next week at No 19 in the world rankings, has had a poor year in the grand slams winning just one match at Wimbledon.