Halep had lost her first three tries in WTA finals going into the Nuremberger Versicherungscup last week in Germany but she beat Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-3 to earn her first championship. She backed that up with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Flipkens Saturday at the Topshelf. Halep has won 16 of her last 18 matches.
Halep piled up five breaks against Flipkens. She went 3-for-3 in break opportunities in the second set in wrapping up the championship.
Halep ousted three of the top four seeds en route to the title, beating No. 1-seeded Roberta Vinci in the second round and third-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro in the semis before winning over Flipkens, the No. 4 seed, in the championship match.
Halep collected about $42,500 along with the title, while Flipkens, who fell to 1-1 in finals appearances, won about $21,300.
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