Third time lucky for Siniakova in Shenzhen

After reaching two finals in 2016, Katerina Siniakova finally won her maiden WTA title at the Shenzhen Open on Saturday.

The rising Czech star eased past Alison Riske 6-3, 6-4 on the hard courts of the Chinese city for a watershed win.

Siniakova enjoyed a career best run in Shenzhen, knocking out second seed Simona Halep, third seed Johanna Konta before ousting eighth seed Riske in the final.

The world number 52 started on the back foot, getting broken in the third game. But Siniakova rallied to break back twice to take a 4-2 lead, after which she served out the set.

She took that momentum into the second set to race to a 4-1 lead on her way to the title.

“It’s been a really great week for me and I’m so glad that I won this time because this match was really tough; I didn’t play my best but I’m really happy that I did it,” Siniakova said during the trophy presentation.

“It’s a great start to the year for me. I hope my performance continues to go up and get better.”