Updated: Monday, 12 May 2014 00:51 | By Agence France-Presse

Sharapova wins Madrid Open title

Maria Sharapova fought back to defeat Simona Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to win her second clay title of the season at the Madrid Open.

Sharapova wins Madrid Open title

Russian player Maria Sharapova returns the ball to Romanian player Simona Halep during the women's singles final tennis match of the Madrid Masters at the Magic Box (Caja Magica) sports complex in Madrid on May 11, 2014 - by Dani Pozo

The Russian eighth seed, who also claimed a third straight victory last month in Stuttgart, improved to 3-0 over Romanian fourth seed Halep and 16-4 at the event where she lost the final a year ago to Serena Williams.

Sharapova will rise to seventh in the rankings as a result of her 31st career trophy. Eight of her last ten titles have come on clay.

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