WTA Nanchang: Rebecca Peterson tops Elena Rybakina for first WTA title

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WTA Nanchang: Rebecca Peterson tops Elena Rybakina for first WTA title

The 24-year-old Rebecca Peterson won the first WTA title in Nanchang, toppling the young Kazakh Elena Rybakina 6-2, 6-0 in an hour, completing one of the most one-sided finals of the season. World no. 78 had only one WTA quarter-final so far in 2019 before this week and the Jiangxi Open proved to be the lucky ground for her, defeating all the rivals to earn the first trophy on the main level and becoming the 14th first-time winner on the Tour in 2019.

The Swede barely hit any unforced errors, controlling the pace with 13 winners and outplaying Rybakina on both serve and return to seal the deal in no time at all. Elena had to work hard in the previous encounters and had nothing more left in the tank for the most significant duel, spraying too many errors and giving serve away five times from ten chances offered to Peterson.

On the other hand, the Swede dropped only nine points in her games, facing no break points and controlling the pace from start to finish for a commanding win in their first meeting. Peterson broke in the very first game of the match thanks to a double fault from Rybakina, confirming the break with a hold at love and moving 4-2 up when Elena sent a forehand long.

Never finding the rhythm, the youngster sprayed a backhand mistake in game seven to fall 5-2 behind, allowing Rebecca to secure the opening set with a forehand crosscourt winner in the next game. The Kazakh landed another forehand long at the beginning of the second set to suffer a break, finding herself 3-0 down after more troubles on serve in game three and drifting further and further away from the positive result.

Peterson grabbed another break in game five and sealed the deal with a service winner a few minutes later, delivering a bagel and celebrating the first WTA crown at the age of 24.