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Zhang wins Guangzhou Open

Zhang Shuai (Getty Images)
Zhang Shuai (Getty Images)

Beijing - Chinese wildcard Zhang Shuai overpowered qualifier Vania King of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 6-1 to win the $500 000 Guangzhou Open on Saturday.

Zhang, who had the home crowd firmly behind her, claimed the title in just over 90 minutes to make a nonsense of her lowly world ranking of 112th.

King, ranked 124th in the world, more than held her own in the narrow first set that went to tiebreak.

But Zhang rammed home a 7-1 advantage in the tiebreak and then sent King packing in the one-sided second set.

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