It was a battle of the two highest seeds in the Cluj-Napoca draw.

In the end, No. 2 Anett Kontaveit topped No. 1 Simona Halep, 6-2, 6-3, in the final of the Transylvania Open. It has been a dominate few months for the Estonian, who has now claimed four titles this season, previously winning in Cleveland (August), Ostrava (September) and Moscow (October).


This was an especially strong performance from Kontaveit. She did not drop a set during the tournament, propelling herself to new heights in the process. By defeating Halep, Kontaveit secured the last place at the WTA Finals—the first Estonian in history to qualify—and a place in the Top 10 for the first time.

Kontaveit had never won a set in her three previous meetings with Halep, making this victory even sweeter.