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WTA Roundup: Shuai Zhang shakes Dayana Yastremska to victory in Lyon

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 20, 2022 China’s Shuai Zhang in action during their second round match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Morgan Sette

March 7, 2022

Eighth-seeded Shuai Zhang of China celebrated her third career WTA singles title on Sunday after beating Dayana Yastremska 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final at the Open 6e Sens Metropole in Lyon, France had defeated.

Zhang bounced back after losing the opener and twice fought back from a collapse in the final set to turn back the Ukrainian wild card. Zhang, 33, won the match in one hour and 46 minutes.

The title was the first in more than four years for Zhang, who emerged victorious in both 2013 and 2017 in Guangzhou.

Yastremska, 21, capitalized on six aces and won 74.5 percent of her first serve points before falling to Zhang.

Zhang became the first woman from China to win a Tour title since Zheng Saisai won in San Jose in 2019.

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Second-seeded Leylah Fernandez of Canada successfully defended her title in Monterrey, Mexico, defeating No. 5-seeded Colombian Camila Osorio 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(3) in Sunday’s final. .

Fernandez fell 4-1 in the final set before charging back. The 19-year-old made it 5-5 and had a match point, but Osorio saved it and won the game instead.

Fernandez then saved four Osorio match points to go 6-5 to eventually force the tiebreak where she won four straight points to finally advance and end the two-hour, 52-minute affair.

Overall, Fernandez saved 11 of 15 break points while serving four aces.

–Field level media

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