Tennis - Halep beats Kvitova to win New Haven Open

Romania's Simona Halep stunned former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-2 in the final of the New Haven Open on Saturday to capture her fourth title in just over two months.

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Tennis - Halep beats Kvitova to win New Haven Open
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Simona Halep

The unseeded Halep followed up her win over former world number one Caroline Wozniacki the previous night with a ruthless demolition of Kvitova, one of the leading contenders for the U.S. Open, starting in New York on Monday.

Trailing 2-1 and facing double break point on her serve, Halep suddenly raised her standards, reeling off the next nine games in a row to clinch the opening set and jump out to a 4-0 lead in the second.

Kvitova, who won the New Haven Open last year, briefly threatened a comeback by winning two of the next three games before Halep closed out the match with an ace.

The 21-year-old Romanian captured the first WTA title of her career at Nurnberg in mid June but has been on a hot streak ever since.

She also won titles at 's-Hertogenbosch and Budapest and her first Premier-level success catapulted her into the top 20 for the first time when the new world rankings are released on Monday.

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