Peng’s 2nd sin­gles ti­tle

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China’s Peng Shuai claimed the Jiangxi Open ti­tle on Sun­day when she over­pow­ered un­seeded Nao Hib­ino 6-3, 6-2 in a one-sided fi­nal.

The 31-year-old Peng made light work of the Ja­panese in just un­der 90 min­utes to add to the maiden WTA sin­gles crown she won last year, also on home soil, in Tian­jin.

Peng, with a world rank­ing of No.32 and the tour­na­ment’s sec­ond seed, was never re­ally in trou­ble on the out­door hard courts in Nan­chang.

The 22-year-old Hib­ino, No.92 in the world, drove a two-handed back­hand into the net from the base­line to gift the home fa­vorite the match.

Fel­low Chi­nese and top seed Zhang Shuai and Euro­pean stars Je­lena Jankovic and Kristyna Pliskova all tum­bled out early to leave Peng as the sole re­main­ing seed in the semi­fi­nals.

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