World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska praises Simona Halep, who won her seventh career title in Doha by defeating No. 9 Angelique Kerber. The 21-year-old Romanian also defeated Top 10 players Sara Errani and Radwanska en route to the final. It was her first WTA Premier title at a tournament that offered $800,000 or more. The victory vaulted Halep to a career-high No. 9 in the rankings.
“She was playing really good tennis,” Radwanska said. “Everything was working for her….Some moments she was making unbelievable shots from nowhere and from both sides, and was moving very well...You know, at one point I didn't know what to do to end the point, because she was everywhere.”
Halep is now coached by Wim Fissette, whom she hired just before the Paris Indoors at the start of February. He has coached Kim Clijsters and Sabine Lisicki in the past. Fissette came on to court three times during Halep's opening-round win over Kaia Kanepi, but was not summoned to court for the rest of the tournament.