Wozniacki Beats Mladenovic to Win 2nd 2016 Title at Hong Kong
Caroline Wozniacki continued her torrid run, putting together a 19-3 record since the US Open and on Sunday raising the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis trophy after a 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-2 win over France’s Kristina Mladenovic, improving to 2-0 in finals in 2016.
In September the Dane won the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Wozniacki saved three break points in the opening game of the third set, but Mladenovic broke back when the Dane served for the title. Wozniacki eventually sealed it on her second match point.
Mladenovic fell to 0-3 in career finals. At No. 20 on the 2016 standings the year-end championships remain out of reach for the former No. 1 Wozniacki.
Cibulkova Wins 3rd Title of the Year at Linz, Qualifies for Year-end Championships
Dominika Cibulkova won her third title of 2016 by stopping Swiss upstart Viktorija Golubic 6-3, 7-5 on the runner-up’s 24th birthday on Sunday at the Generali Ladies Linz in Austria.
The result sees Cibulkova qualify for the year-ending BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore for the first time in her career.
It has been a sweet resurgence in 2016 for Cibulkova who last year was sidelined for five months due to heel surgery and finished the year at No. 38. It was her third title of the year in six finals. The 27-year-old fought off seven set points in the second set.
Golubic fell to 1-1 in career finals after winning at Gstaad earlier this year.
Wildcard Peng Stops Riske for Unlikely 1st WTA Title at Tianjin
Wildcard Shuai Peng won her first-ever WTA singles title on Sunday, beating Alison Riske 7-6, 6-2 in the all-unseeded final at the Tianjin Open in China.
Peng entered the event ranked No. 182 because of injuries. Peng saved nine break points early on, and broke Riske when the American served for the first set at 6-5.
Riske, who won Tianjin in 2014, fell to 1-3 in career finals.
“The match was really tough for me today,” said the American, who had earlier upset former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova. “I think this year was huge for me, I finished in the Top 50. I take a lot of pride in it and confidence from my season, I look forward to what 2017 brings.”
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