Sunday, November 3, 2013

Zhang wins Nanjing Ladies Open

Zhang Shuai won the WTA 125K Series Nanjing Ladies Open today. Zhang won the first set 6-4, and then it was all over when her opponent Ayumi Morita had to retire because of a hamstring injury. And yes, we've seen Morita retire and give walkovers more times than we like to think about, but this time, it wasn't exactly unexpected. The Japanese player saved mutiple match points during the week, and played two three-hour matches back-to-back (one of them was interrupted by rain, but still, Morita went through a lot during the week).

Zhang won her first WTA title this year, in Guangzhou. She has won 19 of 23 matches since the U.S. Open.

The champion had to settle for runner-up status in doubles. She and partner Yaroslava Shvedova, the top seeds, lost the final. The doubles champions are Misaki Doi and Xu Yi-Fan, who won the final 6-1, 6-4. Doi and Xu were unseeded.

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