6th seeded and 9th ranked Angelique Kerber and 7th seeded and 10th ranked Simona Halep took to Centre Court on Sunday afternoon to fight for the title at the Qatar Total Open in Doha after the completion of the doubles final, which was won by the 2nd seeded Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng who defeated the 3rd seeded Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik 6-4 6-0.
In yesterday’s first semi final, the powerful German leftie took out Jelena Jankovic in 1 hour 47 minutes, while the Romanian was on court for exactly 20 minutes less in her victory over Agnieszka Radwanska. The last (and only) time these two players met was on the ITF tour back in 2009, when Halep won in three sets. This year, Kerber’s win/loss record was 12-4, while her opponent’s was 4-3.
Kerber started proceedings but was broken in the first game with Halep firing on all cylinders. The Romanian broke again in the fifth game and then held to lead 5-1. Kerber held her serve to stay in the set but, after a long 8th game, Halep took the set 6-2 in half an hour.
The German was yet again first to start the second set and games went with serve until Halep broke in the 5th game and went on to hold, to lead 4-2. With the Romanian leading 5-3 Kerber served to stay in the match, but the fairytale continued as Halep got a final break to wrap up the set at 6-3 after just an hour and six minutes on court, to record her greatest victory to date, take her winning run against top 10 players to six out of six and leave with a cheque for US$441,000.