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.
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.