Simona Halep celebrates her win in Madrid ©Getty Images

Simona Halep won the women's title at the Mutua Madrid Open after a comfortable victory over Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the final today.

Romania's Halep, the French Open runner-up in 2014, breezed to the first set 6-2 and then wrapped it up 6-4 in the second.

The 24-year-old also made the Madrid final in 2014 where she lost in three sets to Maria Sharapova, but was rarely troubled against the Slovakian.

Her success is her first of 2016, and came in front of a large contingent of Romanian fans who watched the action on the clay.

She dropped just one set all tournament despite initial fears about her fitness, and brushed aside Sam Stosur 6-2, 6-0 in the last four.

"I expected a tough match today," Halep said.

"I thought that I would struggle a little bit with her shots, but I was very strong on my legs and could block.

"I could make my game, I can say."

Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal to reach the Madrid Open final
Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal to reach the Madrid Open final ©Getty Images

In the men's draw, defending champion Andy Murray beat Spain's clay court specialist Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-4 in a repeat of last year's final.

The Scottish Olympic champion saved 11 out of 13 break points in his win against the nine-time French Open champion to disappoint the home crowd.

Murray needs to win in Madrid to avoid losing his world number two ranking to Switzerland's Roger Federer.

He will play Serbian nemesis Novak Djokovic in tomorrow's final, after the world number one saw off Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6.

In the women's doubles final, Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia beat Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, 6-4, 6-4.