Tennis: Wang Xiyu beats Magda Linette in Guangzhou to win her first WTA title

AP , Saturday 23 Sep 2023

Local favorite Wang Xiyu won her first WTA title by beating top-seeded Magda Linette 6-0, 6-2 at the Guangzhou Open on Saturday.

Wang Xiyu
Wang Xiyu of China hits a return against Greet Minnen of Germary during their women s singles semi-final match at the WTA Guangzhou Open tennis tournament in Guangzhou, southern China s Guangdong province on September 22, 2023. Photo: AFP


“It was very exciting and it’s a very emotional moment because to play in this tournament, every player is really tough,” said the 22-year-old Wang, who became the fifth Chinese champion at Guangzhou. “It’s so difficult to be here on the last day. I’m very happy to be here and I think I cannot say it because it’s very emotional.”

In a dominant first set, Wang never faced a break point against the Australian Open semifinalist.

Wang broke Linette early in the second set and took 2-0 lead before Linette took a medical timeout and then evened the set 2-2.

But she didn’t allow her Polish opponent to stage a comeback and sealed the final in 80 minutes.

“It was really a dream for me,” Wang said. “I think there is going to be bigger tournaments, tougher matches waiting for me, and I’m just trying my best like I did this week.”

At the Zhuhai Championships, Aslan Karatsev reached the quarterfinals by beating former world No. 1 Andy Murray 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The 63rd-ranked ranked Karatsev, looking for his first tour title since Sydney in 2022, will face second-seeded Cameron Norrie for a spot in the semifinals. Norrie beat Australian qualifier Marc Polmans 6-0, 6-3.

In other matches, Sebastian Korda defeated Alexandre Muller 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 and will play Tomas Martin Etcheverry after the Argentine beat Czech player Dalibor Svrcina 6-2, 6-3.

At the Chengdu Open, top-seeded Alexander Zverev, Lorenzo Musetti and Grigor Dimitrov all won their second-round matches on Saturday after receiving a bye in the first round.

Zverev rallied to beat Russian qualifier Pavel Kotov 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1 and will face Miomir Kecmanovic in the quarterfinals. Kecmanovic beat Corentin Moutet 6-2, 6-4.

The second-seeded Musetti was also challenged before beating Australian qualifier Philip Sekulic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 6-0 and advanced to the last eight. Musetti next faces Arthur Rinderknech, who beat Marcos Giron 7-6 (2), 6-4.

The third-seeded Dimitrov defeated Juan Pablo Varillas 6-3, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal match against Australian Christopher O’Connell.

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