Bertens wins Madrid title; No. 1 to elude Halep

MADRID -- Kiki Bertens beat two-time Madrid Open champion Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4 to take the women's title on Saturday.

Bertens, last year's runner-up, defeated Halep for her second title of the year, adding to her victory in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"I am really proud of this week. I played some good tennis,'' said Bertens, who next week will reach a career-high No. 4 ranking.

The seventh-ranked Dutch became the first woman to win the Madrid title without dropping a set. She had victories over three Grand Slam champions -- Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova -- in the Spanish capital. Bertens lost to Kvitova in last year's final.

Halep, winner in Madrid in 2016 and 2017, lost the chance to take over the No. 1 ranking from Naomi Osaka.