NINGBO, China - Poland's Magda Linette continued to show her fighting spirit at the Yinzhou Bank International Women's Tennis Open on Sunday, rallying from a set down to beat China's Wang Qiang and take home the biggest title of her blossoming career at the WTA 125K Series tournament.
The unseeded Linette had already been pushed to three sets twice at the tournament - in the first round against No.7 seed Shahar Peer and in the quarterfinals against No.2 seed Zheng Saisai, actually coming from 6-1, 4-0, 30-0 down to win that one. But this time the stakes were different - a title was on the line, and Wang had been playing some of the best tennis of her own blossoming career.
The No.6-seeded Chinese had her chances this time, too - she was up a set and a break at 6-3, 1-0, and after things tightened up a bit, she had 0-30 on Linette's 5-all service game. But Linette just wouldn't stop fighting, sneaking out the second set and then cruising in the third, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
"The final was extremely tough," Linette said. "My opponent really made me raise my game as she was fighting for every point. I'm just very happy how I played and how mentally strong I was today."
The Polish rising star was very happy with the tournament as a whole, too.
"The whole tournament was really nice," she said. "People were nice and helpful, trying to make our stay as nice as possible. And they had a lot of courts so we didn't have problems with practices.
"I was just feeling very good in Ningbo all week."
This was Linette's first WTA 125K Series title. Before this, all seven of her career titles came on the ITF Women's Circuit, the biggest of those being six $25,000 titles - including one just last week.
Next up on her schedule is another WTA 125K Series event this coming week.
"We're going to Taipei tomorrow," she said, "and then I will get some rest at home with my family!"
The WTA 125K Series circuit wraps up with events in Taipei, Chinese Taipei and Limoges, France this week. And you can watch all of the action live and for free on wtatennis.com by clicking here.