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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 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.