No.2 seed Wang Qiang downed Poland's Magda Linette in straight sets to reach the final at the Jiangxi Open.
WTA Staff
July 28, 2018

NANCHANG, China - No.2 seed Wang Qiang scored her first career win against Poland's Magda Linette to reach her first career WTA singles final at the Jiangxi Open on Saturday.

Having lost the first three matches against the Polish No.2, Wang broke twice in each set to earn a 7-5, 6-2 semifinal victory.

"I am very happy with the result. I didn't think too much about [the head-to-head]," Wang said on-court after the match. "I just tried to play one shot at a time."

Though Linette notched a better first-serve percentage, landing 65% of her first serves to Wang's even 50%, and hit more winners (21 to 17), the Polish player was undone by 35 unforced errors over the coure of the match. 

The 28-year-old Chinese woman served out the opener at her second opportunity, as she was broken in the 10th game of the set, and won the last five games of the match to seal the win in 98 minutes.

The World No.78 has contested two WTA 125 singles finals in her career, but had never before reached a final at tour level. Her victory ensures an all-Chinese final at the International-level event, as she will face No.6 seed Zheng Saisai in the championship.

Since becoming a WTA International event in 2016, the Jiangxi Open has had a pair of Chinese champions in Duan Ying-ying and Peng Shuai.