Sa­balenka fights back against Riske to win Shenzhen open

Sunday Trust - - FEVERPITCH -

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 num­ber 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 un­be­liev­ably, an in­cred­i­ble match,” Sa­balenka said.

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