Aryna Sabalenka wins WTA Shenzhen title

Published by AP / Tennismash

Aryna Sabalenka hoists the champion's trophy at the WTA tournament in Shenzhen, China - her third tour-level title (Getty Images)
Aryna Sabalenka maintains her impressive form, winning her semifinal and final back-to-back on Saturday to scoop the WTA Shenzhen Open title in China.

Aryna Sabalenka has got a confidence boost for the upcoming Australian Open by beating Alison Riske 4-6 7-6(2) 6-3 in China’s Shenzhen Open final on Saturday.

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

It continued an impressive run of success for Sabalenka, who has now won three WTA titles in five months and improved her ranking from No.45 (in late June) to her current mark of No.13.

She is projected to rise to world No.11 when next week’s rankings are released and has won 24 of her past 29 matches.

NEWS: Tsurenko stops ‘sulking’ Osaka to reach Brisbane final

Both players earlier won their semifinals after rain on Thursday disrupted the tournament schedule.

Top-seeded Sabalenka defeated local favorite Wang Yafan 6-2, 6-1, and Riske won the first seven games against Vera Zvonareva before the Russian retired due to a left hip injury.

“If I need to play two matches in one day, I’m going to do that,” Sabalenka said.¬†“It was a tough day for us, especially to come back after the first set.

“Physically, it’s tough to get ready … but I tried to be focused on each point in the second match and just tried to do my best and fight for every point.

“She was putting everything in, down the lines … I’m so happy that I found a way how to win.”

Riske was making her third appearance in the final at Shenzhen.

“I love Shenzhen and hope to be back many years. It holds a special place in my heart, and I think it’s home to most of my finals on tour,” Riske said.

“Even though I had no one here with me this week, I feel like I have a ton of support, which is always special.”

The Australian Open starts in Melbourne on 14 January.

Share this: 
  • Most popular articles

19 February 2018

Quiz! Can you name these tennis tattoos?

Check out this impressive tattoo that Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova stumbled across last we... More

2 January 2019

Player DNA: Technical, Tactical, Physical, Mental

What makes a player the player they are? This is the question at the heart of a new set of... More

5 December 2018

The 10 most interesting players going into 2019

They're not necessarily the top players on tour, but these men and women have the most com... More

16 February 2017

Men’s and women’s tennis: as different as believ...

In the first part of our series analysing the similarities and differences between men's ... More