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Top seed Simona Halep wins 2nd WTA title of year at Dubai Championships

  • Simona Halep of Romania returns the ball to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during the final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Simona Halep of Romania returns the ball to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during the final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Simona Halep of Romania celebrates after she beats Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Simona Halep of Romania celebrates after she beats Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

Top-seeded Simona Halep scored her second title of the season with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Karolina Pliskova at the Dubai Championsips on Saturday.

Halep, who won the Shenzhen title last month, benefited from a large contingent of Romanian fans, who constantly cheered "Si-mon-a" from the stands.

Pliskova surrendered her serve in the seventh game of the first set at love to give Halep the needed advantage for the set.

In the second set, Halep served for the match twice, failing to take advantage of a match point in the 10th and 12th games.

At 4-4 in the tiebreaker, Halep won the final three points of the match. She took her third match point with a forehand winner into an open court.