Shenzhen - Katerina Siniakova overcame a slow start to win her maiden WTA Tour
title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Alison Riske in the Shenzhen Open
final on Saturday.
The Czech world No 52 had beaten Top 10 players Simona Halep and
Johanna Konta on her way to the final and fulfilled her promise as a
junior with a first senior title after losing her two previous WTA
finals in Bastad and Tokyo last year.
The 20-year-old Siniakova suffered an early break but fought back
against her American opponent by reeling off four straight games to take
control of the opener before she broke twice in the second set on the
way to a 78-minute triumph.
"It's been a really great week for me and I'm so glad that I won this
time because this match was really tough. I didn't play my best but I'm
really happy that I did it," Siniakova said at the presentation.
"It's a great start to the year for me. I hope my performance continues to go up and get better."
The 39th-ranked Riske lost her fourth final, including a third defeat in
a title decider in China, as her wait for a first trophy since 2014
"She was the better player today and for sure deserved to win the title," Riske said.
"I'm very pleased with my week, even if I did lose today. It's a step in
the right direction and I look forward to my next tournament and the
rest of the year."
Results from the WTA Shenzhen Open tournament in Shenzhen, China, on Saturday (x denotes seeding):
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) bt Alison Riske (USA x8) 6-3, 6-4