SINGAPORE (AP) — Maria Sharapova won her second straight match since her return from injury, beating top-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday at the WTA Tour finals.
The Russian’s two wins this week are her only victories since a leg injury sidelined her after losing to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon semifinals.
She retired with a left wrist injury in her first match back at the Wuhan Open in China last month.
“I think I’m quite pleased to be able to beat the No. 2 player in the world,” Sharapova said. “I think it was, again, a very physical match. I found myself on the defense many times and was able to win a lot of the long points.”
Sharapova led 5-1 in the second set but Halep won three straight games to get back into it. The fourth-seeded Sharapova then broke in the 10th game to win and leave Halep with a 1-1 record.
“I did everything I could. I was fighting until the end,” Halep said. “Again, same story: I was close but I couldn’t win. But I will work. Now…