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Maria Sharapova defeats Simona Halep to win Madrid Open title

Madrid: Maria Sharapova fought back to defeat Simona Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 yesterday to win her second clay title of the season at the Madrid Open.

Maria Sharapova celebrates her win yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Maria Sharapova celebrates her win yesterday. Pic/Getty Images 

The Russian eighth seed, who also claimed a third straight victory last month in Stuttgart, improved to 3-0 over Romanian fourth seed Halep and 16-4 at the event where she lost the final a year ago to Serena Williams.

Sharapova will rise to seventh in the rankings as a result of her 31st career trophy. Eight of her last ten titles have come on clay.

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