WTA Tianjin: Rebecca Peterson beats Heather Watson and rain to win title

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WTA Tianjin: Rebecca Peterson beats Heather Watson and rain to win title

The 24-year-old Swede Rebecca Peters has won the second title of the season in Tianjin, beating Heather Watson 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes. After many problems with rain, the final had to be played indoor and Rebecca had the upper hand, fending off two out of four break chances and delivering four breaks from ten opportunities to seal the deal in straight sets and lift the trophy.

The Briton played well this week, seeking the fourth WTA title and the first since Monterrey 2016 but failing to match the rival's pace after almost 40 unforced errors and finishing with the runner-up prize. Watson had to dig deep right from the first game, saving two break points and earning a break in the next game to open a 2-0 lead.

Instead of confirming the break, Heather suffered a break in the third game when Rebecca converted the fourth opportunity, returning to the positive side of the scoreboard and staying in touch in the remaining games to level the score at 4-4.

Watson suffered another break in the ninth game when her backhand drive-volley landed long, allowing Peterson to seal the opener with a forehand down the line winner in the next game for a 6-4. World no. 125 bounced back at the beginning of the second set, holding at love in the first game and seizing a break in game two, just like in the opener.

Still, Rebecca didn't stay behind for too long, pulling the break back in the third game and moving in front with another one at 2-2 thanks to a forehand down the line winner. That proved to be the pivotal moment of the set and the entire encounter, with the Swede delivering three comfortable holds to seal the deal and lift the trophy after a forehand winner in game ten.