Peng seals home triumph


Peng Shuai claimed her first WTA International title as she beat Alison Riske in the final of the Tianjin Open on Sunday.

The 30-year-old, whose only previous singles tournament win was in a 125k event, battled to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 victory on home soil.

She had to end her title drought the hard way, having been taken the distance in a semi-final match against Danka Kovinic that was concluded a matter of hours before her showdown with Riske.

The American, whose own last-four meeting with Svetlana Kuznetsova also went to three sets earlier on Sunday, was broken when serving for the first set.

Peng held her nerve in the tie-break and carried that momentum through to the second set, breaking immediately to set up a long-awaited triumph for the world number 182.