The final of the Guangzhou Open took place on Saturday afternoon in this Chinese city when American qualifier Vania King (Player Profile) challenged the home favourite, Shuai Zhang (Player Profile), for the title. 124th ranked King has had a great run at this tournament, winning two qualifying rounds before battling through four really tough three setters to get to the final. 112th ranked wild card Zhang won all her prior rounds in straight sets, meeting only one seed (in the second round) on her way to the final. These two players had met only once in the past, in Tokyo in 2011, when King won with the loss of just one game.
The fans were treated to a really tight first set which went all the way to a tie breaker which Zhang who won 7-1, mainly due to her ability to convert her break points – five out of five – as opposed to King’s zero out of five. The Chinese player broke in the first game of the second set and then held to go 2-0 up. King then held, but it was the last game Zhang allowed her opponent, as she raced away with the set at 6-1 for the match in an hour and thirty seven minutes, to lift the trophy.
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