Ann Li won the first WTA title of her career after beating Maria Camila Osorio Serrano in the final of the Tenerife Ladies Open on Sunday. The American needed 70 minutes to wrap up the 6-1, 6-4 win over the Colombian. Li won 67% of her first-serve points while Osorio Serrano won 48%.
In terms of second-serve points, Li won almost 43% points off her second-serves to her opponent’s 41%. The 21-year-old saved three of the five break points, she faced while converting five of the 10 break point chances, she had on Osorio Serrano’s serve.
For the match, Li won 61 points of which 15 were winners. In comparison, Osorio Serrano won 44 points, 12 of which came by way of winners. Speaking after winning the title, on-court, Li said, “First of all I want to congratulate Camila for her fantastic week and also for having fought in the final despite physical problems… I've had a great time, both on and off the court; Tenerife is a magical place, it is an honor for me to have won here.
It is my first WTA title and I am very happy to have won it with the audience in the stands”.
Tenerife Ladies Open: New milestones for Ann Li, Maria Camila Osorio Serrano
For both players, this was the second WTA final.
Osorio Serrano had won the first title of her career at the Copa Colsanitas in Bogota, in her native, Colombia. In February, Li had reached the final of the Grampians Trophy, a warm-up event for the Australian Open. That final, which was to be played between Li and Anett Kontaveit, was cancelled on account of paucity of time.
Meanwhile, following their results this week at the Tenerife Ladies Open, both Ann Li and Maria Camila Osorio Serrano have reached new career-highs in the WTA ranking. Li gained 12 spots and is now ranked 48th in the world.
Osorio Serrano rose 10 places in the rankings and is now 53rd in the world. Photo Credit: Tenerife Ladies Open