Former World No.1 Simona Halep won her 24th career title after beating in form Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia in the Final of the 2022 Canadian Open in three sets 6-3,2-6,6-3. This is Halep’s third WTA 1000 in Canada and she also became the first woman in the 21st century to win titles both in Montreal and Toronto.
Halep had a horrible last season due to injuries and came back at the start of this season. She started the year with a title triumph at the Melbourne Summer Set and had some decent outings at the Indian Wells Open. She also had a good grass season where she made it to the semifinals at Wimbledon.
In the post-match press conference, Halep spoke highly of Haddad Maia and revealed how difficult it is to play her. She also talked about the lessons she learned from her loss against the Brazilian earlier this year.
“It’s never easy to play against [Haddad Maia],” Halep said. “She beat me a few weeks ago. … I knew that it was going to be a good challenge and a good fight. So it’s been a battle today, and I’m really happy that I could actually be stronger in the important moments.”
‘I feel like it’s a big deal to be back in the Top 10’: Simona Halep
Halep had previously won two Canadian Open titles in Montreal. She spoke about winning the third one in Toronto and also addressed the Romanians living in the city who came to support her.
“It makes it even more special because I really wanted to win it in Toronto as well,” Halep said. “Here there are many Romanians and they always come to support me. So I’m really happy that I could also win here.”
With her title triumph, Halep will once again enter the top 10. With 3255 points, Halep will now be ranked 10th in the world. She expressed her feelings in being back in the top 10 and revealed that entering the top 10 was her goal till the end of the season.
“I feel like it’s a big deal to be back in the Top 10,” Halep said. “When I started the year I was not very confident and I set the goal to be, at the end of the year, Top 10. And here I am. So it’s a very special moment. I will enjoy it. I will give myself credit. I’m just dreaming for more.”