Top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania edged Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for a second time on Saturday.
Halep stumbled in the first set, only to even things up in the second.
The pair then went to a third-set tie-break, with Halep just barely holding off the 20-year-old Rybakina in the 2 hour, 27 minute marathon.
It was Rybakina's fourth final of the young season. She has won 19 singles matches.
Halep's 20th WTA singles title gave her a small measure of revenge, as the only time the two had faced off previously resulted in Halep retiring with a lower back injury.
--Field Level Media