17-year-old Belinda Bencic has a great shot at winning her first career title.
Now ranked no.35, the Swiss has absolutely everything to be one of the biggest names of the upcoming decade. Belinda is now missing a little piece: her first title.
The youngster will play her fist final in Tianjin against world no.62 Alison Riske that is also looking for winning her maiden title.
Seeded no.3, Belinda got to the final without putting too much effort as she benefited from a walk over in the 2nd round (Oprandi) and in the final her opponent (Shuai Peng) had to retire while the Chinese was 1-3 down in the opening set.
Belinda commented “I’m really happy to be in the final here. It’s bad luck for her that she had to retire, but it changed nothing on my side of the net. I feel like I’m playing really well here in Tianjin.It’s my last tournament of the season, and I will try to play a good final tomorrow!”
Alison Riske had a more “tidy” path to the final. The American hasn’t dropped a single set in the tournament so far and she had demolished world no. 112 in the semifinal 6-0 6-1.
This will be the first match between Belinda and Alison. If Belinda wins she will be the youngest champion since 2006 when Tamira Paszek won in Portoroz at just 15 years of age