Michael Llodra

Simona Halep takes Dubai Championships title

Simona Halep takes Dubai Championships title

Top-seeded Simona Halep earned her second title of the year by beating 17th-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the Dubai Championships final on Saturday in the United Arab Emirates.

Halep benefited from a large contingent of Romanian compatriots, who constantly cheered “Si-mon-a” from the stands.

“It's really nice to hear your name during the changeover,” Halep said. “It's amazing that they can come to support me. I see the love, you know.”

Halep also won in Shenzhen, China, last month, and this marked her second Premier 5 title, the highest level of WTA events after the Grand Slams. The previous was the Qatar Open a year...