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Bertens beats Halep in Madrid Open final

Mutua Madrid Open - Day Eight

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 11: Kiki Bertens of The Netherlands celebrates victory during the ladies singles final against Simona Halep of Romania during day eight of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 11, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

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MADRID - Kiki Bertens beat two-time Madrid Open champion Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4 to take the women’s title on Saturday.

Last year’s runner-up Bertens defeated Halep for her second title of the year, adding to her victory in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The seventh-ranked Dutch became the first woman to win the Madrid title without dropping a set. She had victories over three Grand Slam champions in the Spanish capital - Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova. Bertens lost to Kvitova in last year’s final.

Halep, winner in Madrid in 2016 and 2017, lost the chance to take over the No. 1 ranking from Naomi Osaka.