Halep beats Stosur to claim Kremlin Cup title

The Associated PressOctober 20, 2013
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Australia's Samantha Stosur returns a shot to Romania's Simona Halep during their final match at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

MOSCOW (AP) -- Simona Halep claimed the fifth title of her career by beating Samantha Stosur 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the final of the Kremlin Cup Sunday.

The 18th-ranked Halep, who dropped only one set in four final appearances since winning her maiden title in Nurnberg, Germany, in June, regularly trapped Stosur in the corners and beat the former U.S. Open champion with precise crosses and shots down the line throughout the match.

Stosur, a runner-up here last year, saved 11 break points in the first set before Halep dominated on a tiebreaker. The fifth-seeded Romanian jumped to a 4-1 lead in the second and sealed the victory with a break on her first match point, when Stosur netted her return.

Top-seeded Richard Gasquet was scheduled to play qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin in men's final.