Womens Tennis

Results , Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic

Date of competition: Sunday, August 4, 2019

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Zheng Saisai, the unseeded 25-year-old out of China currently ranked No. 47 in the world, marched through four of the top eight seeds, including No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the final 6-3, 7-6(3) , to win her maiden WTA singles title at the 2019 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. She becomes the first Chinese singles champion in San Jose.

Zheng's variety and paceless balls frustrated her Belarusian opponent, who struggled to reign in her emotions during the final. After trading breaks to open to match, Zheng pushed Sabalenka's serve relentlessly, returning each powerful blast with a looping lob of her own.

In the opening frame, Zheng managed to break Sabalenka three times, including the final game that sealed the first set in her favor, 6-3. Moving to the second, a trade of breaks early on became a dogfight to hold serve, with each player doing so in her last three service games to force the tiebreak.

The deciding tiebreak saw Zheng race out to a 4-1 lead before Sabalenka inched back within a point at 4-3. From there, Zheng, who will rise to 38th in the WTA rankings tomorrow, reeled off three straight points to claim the biggest title of her career.

-- Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.

posted by Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on Aug 4, 2019 at 10:41 pm

Zheng Saisai. Photo by Harjanto Sumali

Zheng Saisai. Photo by Harjanto Sumali

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