Maria Sharapova recovered from a first set loss to beat the fourth-seeded Romanian, Simona Halep, and take the Mutua Madrid Open championship, a WTA Premiere mandatory event.
Halep came out strong, but Sharapova found her timing and confidence early in the second set to win the match in the third, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. This was Sharapova’s 11th straight win on clay. For Halep, it was her first final at this level.
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