13 May 2014

Sharapova wins Madrid Open

11:57 am on 13 May 2014

Maria Sharapova fought back to defeat Simona Halep in three sets to win her second clay court tennis title of the season at the Madrid Open.

The Russian eighth seed, who also claimed a third straight title last month in Stuttgart, improved to 3-nil 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 past 10 titles have come on clay.