Sharapova fights back to win title

Maria Sharapova bounced back from a poor

start to defeat Simona Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 and

win the Madrid Open title.

Sharapova, who lost to Serena Williams in last

year's final, crumbled in the opening set when

she held her serve just once.

But Halep's serve dipped in the second set, and

Sharapova started hitting pinpoint ground

strokes that kept the Romanian running. The

ninth-ranked Russian converted both her break

points in the set to even the match.

Sharapova then pulled away in the deciding set

with an early break to follow up her triumph in

Stuttgart with a maiden title in Madrid.

Since the 2011 French Open, Sharapova has a

47-3 record on clay, with all three defeats

coming to Williams.

"I don't know how I pulled it off,'' Sharapova

said after winning her 32nd career title. "I came

close last year, and I didn't have a great

first set today, but I knew it wasn't over until

the last point was played.''

Sharapova looked dejected midway through the

first set as she hit four double-faults, but she

seemed to regain her focus at the start of the


As Sharapova celebrated the win, Halep slumped

in her chair dejectedly despite having reached

her first Masters final.

Nadal keeps dominating

Rafa Nadal won a second successive Madrid

Open title when Kei Nishikori was forced

to retire in the third set of the final with an

apparent back injury.

Japanese 10th seed Nishikori made a blistering

start on Nadal's favoured clay to win the first

set 6-2 and was a break up in the second before

the Spanish world number one hit back to win it

6-4 and force a decider.

In a tremendously disappointing finish to an

entertaining encounter, Nishikori was struck

down by what appeared to be a back spasm and

despite treatment had to retire with

Nadal leading 3-0 in the third set.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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