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
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.
Peng Shuai wins her 1st WTA tour-level title at her hometown Tianjin Open. Tianjin is China's tennis hotspot, w/ their Top 4 all from there.
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) October 16, 2016