Singapore: Maria Sharapova emphatically declared her return to form after months of injury problems yesterday as she beat top seed Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4 at the WTA finals in Singapore.
Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates after beating Romania's Simona Halep at the WTA Finals in Singapore yesterday
Sharapova showed few signs of rust or fitness problems but she had to overcome a determined fightback from the world number two before finally closing out the victory.
The Russian, who had not completed a match since July when she arrived at the eight-player season finale, now tops Red Group after also beating Agnieszka Radwanska.
"It definitely got really tough and I guess those are the moments that you just have to get through when you haven't played for a long time. Especially against the No 2 player in the world these matches don't come easy," Sharapova said of her match against Halep.
Earlier, Flavia Pennetta upset Radwanska 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 with Red Group now set to go down to the wire in Thursday's final round-robin matches.
Collated results from the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):
Women's singles Red Group
Flavia Pennetta (ITA x7) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x5) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Maria Sharapova (RUS x3) bt Simona Halep (ROM x1) 6-4, 6-4