Magda Linette Rallies to Defeat Wang Qiang, Lifts Ningbo Title

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Magda Linette rallied from a set down to defeat China’s Wang Oiang and lift the biggest title of her young career at the Yinzhou Bank International Women’s Tennis Open on Sunday.

Linette, who was unseeded at the event, won the WTA 125K series tournament following a remarkable week on the tour that saw her pushed to the limits several times. She defeated No. 7 seed from Israel Shahar Peer, No. 2 Zheng Saisai and finished off by beating the No. 6 seed at the event.

“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.”

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.

“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.”

In other news, top seeds Arina Rodionova and Olga Savchuk rallied from 6-4, 5-4 down to beat Chinese duo Han Xinyun and Zhang Kai-Lin in the doubles final, 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-6.

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