The 2014 WTA Tour Oct 12, 2014 21:16:42 GMT
Post by Admin on Oct 12, 2014 21:16:42 GMT
Alison Riske captured the first WTA title of her career on Sunday, holding off a late surge from WTA Rising Star Belinda Bencic to win the inaugural edition of the Tianjin Open. The No.6-seeded Riske - who had dropped just one game in her semifinal match against another WTA Rising Star, Zheng Saisai - came out swinging again a day later, her big serve and even bigger ground game launching her to a 6-3, 4-1 lead. The No.3-seeded Bencic wasn't about to go away, running off the next three games to even the second set, 4-all, and even getting to break point in the next game.
But Riske regrouped just in time, holding serve then breaking once more to close it out, 6-3, 6-4. "It's a huge accomplishment for me to win my first WTA title," Riske said after the match, "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." Riske also showed an even more gracious side when asked about Bencic's second set fightback.
"Obviously there was a little momentum change in the second set," she said, "but that was because Belinda upped her level at that point. She's been playing so well this year and has a really bright future ahead of her. I knew coming into the match that it would be a battle and it really was." She was also asked about the tournament's motto: "Begin The Dream; Battle Your Heart". "I would look at it every day when I came in the door," the American said. "I was like, 'That's a really good saying.' I really liked it. And it's so true. It's just a great saying. They should hang that at every tournament!"