Russia's Alexandrova wins maiden WTA title in Shenzhen

14 Janvier, 2020, 03:55 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova

Having lost the opening set tamely, seventh seed Rybakina raced ahead 4-2 in the second set but Alexandrova held her nerve to reel off the next four games and secure victory.

Spain's Muguruza, 26, had a poor run a year ago but showed signs in southern China of rediscovering the form that made her world number one in 2017.

Ekaterina Alexandrova won her first WTA Tour title as she defeated Elena Rybakina 6-2, 6-2 in the Shenzhen Open final on Saturday.

Meanwhile, world number two Karolina Pliskova will defend her Brisbane International title after edging Naomi Osaka in an epic three-set semi-final at Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday.

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Dating back to her WTA $125K win in Limonges last month, Alexandrova has won her last 10 matches. With that, the Russian sealed a 6-2, 6-4 win in 73 minutes, and can now enter the Australian Open full of confidence. As Alexandrova got to match point later, Rybakina hit wide.

After losing the first set and being down an early break in the second, Keys began to serve more effectively and find her range with her groundstrokes against an increasingly nervous Kvitova.

"I was playing my second final and the first one wasn't so good for me, so I was trying to get this one".

The women's tennis tour has had its first champion of the new decade.

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