Riske beats Bencic to win maiden title

No luck for Belinda Bencic that eventually had to bow to world no.62 Alison Riske in the Tianjin final.

The Swiss had the opportunity to be the youngest player to win a title since 2006, but eventually the American was too good. Alison had a great week not to drop a single set in the entire tournament and she conceded just 1 game to rising star Zheng Saisai in the semifinal.

Riske didn’t have too many problems to edge Belinda Bencic. The only awkward moment was ehn the American was a about to squander a 6-3 4-1 lead. At that moment Belinda won 3 consecutive games to bring the  set to a 4-all score-line, but then the Swiss lost a decisive service game at the very end of the match. The final score was 6-3 6-4.Match Stats.

Riske: It’s a huge accomplishment for me

“It’s a huge accomplishment for me to win my first WTA title and I was here by myself, which made it even more special, just to know that I was able to do it by myself.

I hope I can keep up the momentum and try to compete every week as best as I can.”