Despite service difficulties, Romania’s Simon Halep defeated Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia in straight sets 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to win the National Bank Open on Sunday in Toronto.
This is a third career title at the National Bank Open, but a first in Toronto. She now has 24 WTA titles since her professional debut.
Halep, 15th in the WTA rankings, had however started the match badly by losing his first game on serve. She thus dug a 3-0 gap, but then won all the following games. Haddad Maia gave himself the same advantage in the second set, this time continuing his work to create equality.
In the final round, Halep had two more breaks to secure the win against the No. 24 player in the world. She gave herself three match points on serve, taking advantage of the second to end the match.
In service, the winner committed nine double faults and only put into play 64% of her first service balls. She nevertheless erased five of her opponent’s nine break points to limit the damage.
Halep, who had also celebrated the 2016 and 2018 editions, becomes the third player to win three editions of the Canadian Open after the Americans Monica Seles (1997) and Serena Williams (2013).
With this triumph, the former number 1 will return to the top 10 of the world rankings on Monday, in sixth place.
Haddad Maia, 24th in the world, eliminated Leylah Annie Fernandez, Iga Swiatek, Belinda Bencic and Karolina Pliskova to reach the final.