May 11th, 2014

Madrid/Spain – 11th May, 2014:

HEAD Racquet Rebel Maria Sharapova continued her dominance on clay with the Russian winning her first title at the Madrid Masters in a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 fight back over Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep.

Sharapova, who recommends the HEAD Graphene Instinct will move back to seventh in the WTA rankings after lifting the 31st trophy of her career. Eight of her last nine titles have come on clay, a surface she once detested. The Russian improved to 16-4 in Madrid.

"What a week," said Sharapova, undefeated on clay in 2014 after winning a third straight Stuttgart trophy last month. "Last year I lost the final here and really wanted to go that extra step this year. Simona played really well.” The eighth seed fought back after losing the opening set, turning the momentum in her favour and taking her ninth career title on clay.

In the men's doubles HEAD came up with a winner, with Racquet Rebel Nenad Zimonjic and partner Daniel Nestor beating the world No. 1 pair of Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-2. Zimonjic, who notched his 600th career win this week, now owns 51 doubles titles. "It’s always a big challenge to play the best in the world," said Zimonjic. "It's great to win a Masters 1000 title, especially if we play like we did today."

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