WTA Tour

Sabalenka fights back to win Shenzhen Open

accreditation
Aryna Sabalenka (Getty Images)
Aryna Sabalenka (Getty Images)

Beijing - Top seed Aryna Sabalenka won the Shenzhen Open on Saturday after a nail-biting clash against three-time finalist Alison Riske.

Sabalenka lost the first set to her American opponent, before coming back to win the match 4-6, 7-6, 6-3.

The Shenzhen Open was the Belarusian's fifth WTA final in the last ten months and her first international trophy. The world No 13 had a breakthrough season last year when she won titles at Wuhan and New Haven.

"It was a tough day for us, especially to come back after the first set. She (Riske) played unbelievable, an incredible match," Sabalenka said.

"To start the season with a title, it gives you more belief in yourself, and hopefully I can do well at the Australian Open."

A quarterfinalist on her debut in Shenzhen last year, Sabalenka lost to eventual champion Simona Halep.

Sabalenka cruised past home favourite Wang Yafan, 6-2, 6-1, while Riske beat former world No 2 and two-time major finalist Vera Zvonareva in the semi-finals on Saturday morning, after rain washed out much of Thursday's play and set the schedule behind by a day.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
With Faf de Klerk out injured, who should start at scrumhalf for the Springboks against Wales on 6 November?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Herschel Jantjies
33% - 410 votes
Cobus Reinach
64% - 810 votes
Grant Williams
3% - 41 votes
Vote