NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Simona Halep doesn't speak perfect English, but she knew what words to use when describing her game at the New Haven Open.
"I played very beautiful tennis today," Halep said. "I was enjoying every moment."
The 21-year-old Romanian dominated defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-2 Saturday to win the final WTA tuneup for next week's U.S. Open.
Halep earned her fourth career win, but her first in a premiere tournament. All have come since June. The 23rd-ranked player improved to 29-5 in her last 34 matches (31-5 counting qualifying matches).
"I'm just enjoying every match," she said. "I try my best and I'm more aggressive now. I hit the ball stronger than before. I just take pleasure and I'm relaxed on court."
She broke the 2011 Wimbledon champion in four consecutive service games. The first break gave her a 3-2 lead in the first set. The fourth put her up 3-0 in the second as she took control of the match.
Kvitova had a chance to take charge early in match, up 2-1 and 15-40 on Halep's serve. But Halep won the next three points to save that game. She was down 40-30 in the next game before getting her first service break when Kvitova sent a cross-court forehand just wide.
"She played just really good shots in that moment," Kvitova said. "That was turning the match around, I think."
The Czech star never recovered.
Halep didn't give her a chance, committing just four unforced errors in the first set and one in the second set. She put in 74 percent of her first serves and won 78 percent of them.
She converted four of her five break points. The ninth-ranked Kvitova was 0-for-4 on her break chances. She had 25 unforced errors and won just 32 of the match's 90 points.
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