Katerina Siniakova won her maiden career title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Alison Riske in Saturday's Shenzhen Open final.
WTA Staff

SHENZHEN, China - Katerina Siniakova lifted her maiden career title with a straight-sets victory over Alison Riske in Saturday's Shenzhen Open final.

After a slow start, Siniakova, who had lost her two other WTA final appearances, took control to run out a 6-3, 6-4 winner.

"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."

Last year was one of steady progress for Siniakova, closing in on a Top 50 debut following runner-up finishes in Bastad and Tokyo. She signaled her intent to continue this rise with a series of impressive showings this week, accounting for two Top 10 players, Simona Halep and Johanna Konta en route to the final.

Against Riske, she bounced back from an early break to take charge of proceedings, four straight games helping her to the first set. The unseeded Czech strengthened her grip with a similar run at the start of the second, closing out victory when Riske's backhand found the tape.

Riske was left to contemplate another final disappointment in China, following on from her loses at the same stage at Shenzhen and Tianjin in 2016.

"She was the better player today and for sure deserved to win the title," Riske said in her post-match press conference. "I'm very pleased with my week, even if I did lose today. It's a step in the right direction and I look forward to my next tournament and the rest of the year."

In the doubles final, the home crowd was given reason to cheer as Andrea Hlavackova and Peng Shuai defeated Raluca Olaru and Olga Savchuk, 6-1, 7-5.