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Tennis: Halep wins at home for eighth WTA victory

World number three Simona Halep of Romania picked up her second victory of the season as she won the WTA final in Bucharest with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Italy's Roberta Vinci.

BUCHAREST: World number three Simona Halep of Romania picked up her second victory of the season as she won the WTA final in Bucharest with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Italy's Roberta Vinci.

The 22-year-old, who won the Doha title in February, had lost previous finals this year at Madrid and Roland Garros, was also a semi-finalist at Wimbledon and quarter-finalist at the Australian Open.

"It's the first WTA tournament organised in Romania and I'm delighted with all my heart to have won it," beamed the 22-year-old.

Halep broke her opponent's serve to open the match and sailed through the first before Vinci, the world number 24, took an early 2-0 lead in the second set.

However, Halep built her offensive behind a solid backhand and came back from an early break down to seal the match with her second match point.

It was Halep's eighth career WTA title.

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