Sabalenka beats Bertens to claim Zhuhai title

Sabalenka beats Bertens to claim Zhuhai title

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Zhuhai, China, Oct 27 : Aryna Sabalenka won her third title of 2019 in Zhuhai WTA Elite Trophy after overwhelming top seed Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-2 here on Sunday.

The 21-year-old won all her three titles in China: Shenzhen, Wuhan and Zhuhai.

"For the next season I would like to win somewhere else instead of China, but also I would like to keep winning in China," Salalenka said after the match.

"But I'm just really happy with this title and with the finish of my singles season, it's really impressive," she added.

The two were both strong on serves early in the match, but Sabalenka earned the first big chance at 5-4, when a punched volley was too much for Bertens to handle and gave Sabalenka triple set point. Sabalenka squandered the first chance, before she blasted a winning crosscourt backhand pass to seal the set.

The Belarusian continued her momentum in the second set to establish a 3-0 lead. After punching a volley to close out a 5-2 lead, Sabalenka earned three match points, only to see Bertens saved all.
Sabalenka forced an error with a forehand to win the fourth match point, before a deep forehand gave her another trophy in China.

"I think it was a great year," Bertens said after the match.

"Of course, with a win today it was maybe even better. But I gave everything this year, so I have no regrets, so I can only be proud of myself," The 27-year-old added. *(XINHUA)