China’s Peng Shuai captures first title after beating Alison Riske in Tianjin Open final

The world number 182 records a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 victory having lost six previous finals on the WTA Tour

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 October, 2016, 5:15pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 October, 2016, 5:18pm

Chinese veteran Peng Shuai captured the first title of her career at the Tianjin Open on Sunday after beating Alison Riske 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in the final.

Peng, a former US Open semi-finalist, was winless in six previous finals on the WTA Tour and she saved 10 of 12 break points she faced against Riske.

Peng finished off her rain-delayed semi-final over Danka Kovinic earlier on Sunday after winning three straight games to prevail 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 after resuming at 3-3 in the third.

Riske, aiming for her second career title, also had to play her semi-final earlier on Sunday after topping second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Peng, who lives in Tianjin, was once ranked as high as world number 14, but has seen her ranking slip to number 182 due to injuries and inconsistent play.