Going into the final at the Top Shelf grass court tournament at Den Bosch in Holland on Saturday, the unseeded Roumanian Simona Halep was on a real roll, having won on clay last week in Nurenberg, Germany. Her opponent, Belgian 4th seeded Kirsten Flipkens is also play great tennis, so an entertaining match was anticipated. Halep led the head to head stat 2-0 and had also won fifteen out of her last seventeen matches. Flipkens had the better finals win stat – winning the only final she got to, while Halep had won just one out of three of her finals.
Halep got the early break and reached 5-3 in the first set when Flipkens held for 4-5, forcing the Roumanian to serve out the set when rain stopped play. When play resumed, Halep had no trouble in taking the set 6-4. In the second set Halep raced out to a 5-1, but then Flipkens held her serve. That was her last shout in the match, as Halep served out to take it at 6-2, to win her second championship is as many weeks.
With Wimbledon starting on Monday, all the players in her section of the draw – including Na Li, who she should meet in the second round – will see her as a threat, a well deserved accolade.