WTA Tournament of Champions: Sofia title for in-form Simona Halep

Last Updated: 03/11/13 9:33pm

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Simona Halep celebrates her sixth title of 2013 - this time in Sofia

Simona Halep celebrates her sixth title of 2013 - this time in Sofia

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Simona Halep's momentous year continued as she recovered from the loss of the opening set to beat Sam Stosur in the final of the season-ending Tournament of Champions in Bulgaria.

The Romanian won 2-6 6-2 6-2 to collect her sixth WTA Tour title since early June and take her earnings for 2013 beyond one million American dollars.

This latest success will also move the 22-year-old three places up the world ranking to No 11.

Halep's victory in Sofia was completed in 98 minutes but, for almost an hour, it was her Aussie opponent who looked well placed to lift the trophy.

But Halep finished the stronger by winning 10 of the last 12 games.

She said: "I played really well this week. I want to thank everybody who came here to support me.

"I had some problems with my leg but I wanted so much to win this match and this tournament that now I'm just happy. I hope to play next year like this year.

"I won a lot of titles this season, I played really well and it's not going to be easy next season.

"I just want to enjoy my time on the WTA tour and to feel the pleasure in every moment on the court."

Beaten Stosur added: "It was a tough match. I was trying hard but today she was just too good."

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WTA Tournament of Champions 2013

Simona Halep is through to another final - this time in Sofia

Sofia so good for Simona

Simona Halep's excellent season continued as she beat Ana Ivanovic to reach the final in Bulgaria.

Sam Stosur: beat Tsvetana Pironkova to finish top of group

Trio progress in Sofia

Ana Ivanovic, Sam Stosur and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached the semi-finals of the WTA Tournament of Champions.

Ana Ivanovic: Still not yet certain of a place in the semi-finals in Sofia, despite being unbeaten

Ivanovic perfect in Sofia

Ana Ivanovic made it two wins from two at the WTA Tournament of Champions with a 6-2 5-7 6-2 triumph over Sam Stosur.

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