Anna-Lena Friedsam won the biggest title of her blossoming career at the WTA 125K Series event in Suzhou. Later on, a history-making doubles player won the doubles.
WTA Staff

SUZHOU, China - Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam won the biggest title of her blossoming career on Saturday afternoon, beating China's own Duan Ying-Ying in straight sets to capture the Huangcangyu WTA Suzhou Ladies Open, a WTA 125K Series tournament held in Suzhou, China.

The No.4-seeded Friedsam didn't drop a set all week, including during victories over No.7 seed Kateryna Kozlova in the quarterfinals and No.1 seed Jana Cepelova in the semifinals, and she kept that momentum going with a 65-minute, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Duan in the championship match.

Before this, Friedsam's best results were a pair of $50,000 ITF Women's Circuit titles last year. This year she's been transitioning to the WTA level, her highlights being winning a round at three WTA main draws and making her Grand Slam main draw debuts at the French Open and Wimbledon.

Duan had one of the best weeks of her career as well, reaching her biggest final, and scoring some big wins along the way too over No.5 seed Ksenia Pervak and No.2 seed Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.

The doubles title went to Chinese Taipei's Chan Chin-Wei and Chuang Chia-Jung, who outdid Japanese duo Misa Eguchi and Eri Hozumi in a match tie-break later in the afternoon, 6-1, 3-6, 10-7.

Both Chan and Chuang have full WTA-level doubles titles to their name, though, Chan winning one and Chuang actually winning 19 - most notably seven Premier-level doubles titles. Chuang also reached Grand Slam doubles finals at the Australian Open and US Open back in 2007 with Chan Yung-Jan, where they became the very first players from Chinese Taipei to reach Grand Slam finals of any kind.