American Sofia Kenin came back from a set and a break down, with a thigh injury, to defeat the wildcard (Samantha Stosur) in three sets in the Guangzhou Open final. Kenin won 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2 in just over two hours and thirty minutes, claiming the third singles title of her career and the season. Hopefully her thigh injury is nothing serious.
Osaka Gets Revenge
Twice previously Naomi Osaka has made it to the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis tournament and the third time she would not be denied. Yet, there was one more obstacle standing in her way, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian had beaten her in their only previous encounter; however, this time, Osaka was dominant from start to finish. She never gave Pavlyuchenkova a chance to break her serve and broke her opponent three times to win 6-2, 6-3, claiming her first title on home soil and her second title of the season.
First Title For Muchova
The Korea Open final involved Karolina Muchova and Magda Linette. Linette has one WTA singles title to her name; however, Muchova was trying to win her first WTA singles title. Interestingly, they played each other once previously, earlier this year in New York, and Linette won a hard fought three-set battle. Today it was a much different ending as Muchova learned from their first meeting and was better prepared. The Czech player was completely dominant and won 6-1, 6-1 to claim the title.
Medvedev Continues To Rock
Daniil Medvedev continues to have a breakout 2019 season; this was his eighth final of the year and he added the St. Petersburg Open title to his resume today. Although Borna Coric led their head-to-head 4:1 going into the final, Medvedev is so confident these days that he turned the tables on Coric and defeated him 6-3, 6-1 to claim his third title of the season.
Tsonga Makes History
It was a battle between the Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the Slovenian, Aljaz Bedene for the title. The first two sets showcased brilliant tennis from both players, with each player holding their serve. The Slovenian won the first set in a tiebreak; however, Tsonga evened the match by winning the second set tiebreaker. This was the fifth Metz final for Tsonga and the former top ten payer came back after losing the first set to claim his fourth title in Metz with the 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-3 defeat of Bedene, making him the first man to win the Moselle Open title four times.
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