Alexandrova clinches first WTA Tour title

Alexandrova wins maiden title beating Rybakina in Shenzhen final

Alexandrova wins maiden title beating Rybakina in Shenzhen final

Ekaterina Alexandrova made it to her second WTA Tour final by beating Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-2 on Friday at the Shenzhen Open.

The 20-year-old Rybakina was appearing in her third WTA final, seeking her second crown.

The fifth-seeded Alexandrova lost just one set this week in Shenzhen and extended her winning streak to 10 straight matches.

"In the second set I think she played well but after I got the break to make it 4-4, she got a bit nervous".

The unsung and unseeded Pegula stunned Caroline Wozniacki in a three-set semi-final 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. With that, the Russian sealed a 6-2, 6-4 win in 73 minutes, and can now enter the Australian Open full of confidence.

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She came from 0-30 down to 40-30, but Pliskova rallied, saved match point and then broke Osaka to send the set to a tiebreak.

"It wasn't easy but I did it by the end".

Muguruza was unable to cope with Alexandrova's powerful groundstrokes and the Russian earned double breaks in both sets to win, as much as Muguruza tried to delay the inevitable after losing five of the first six games in the second. But on the WTA main tour, this is Alexandrova's first singles title in two finals.

"I was calmer than yesterday and that helped a lot".

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