Bertens wins Madrid title; No. 1 to elude Halep

MADRID — Kiki Bertens beat two-time Madrid Open champion Simona Halep 6-Four, 6-Four to take the ladies’s title on Saturday.

Bertens, final yr’s runner-up, defeated Halep for her second title of the yr, including to her victory in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The seventh-ranked Dutch grew to become the primary girl to win the Madrid title with out dropping a set. She had victories over three Grand Slam champions — Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova — within the Spanish capital. Bertens misplaced to Kvitova in final yr’s last.

Halep, winner in Madrid in 2016 and 2017, misplaced the possibility to take over the No. 1 rating from Naomi Osaka.