Riske earns reward with first WTA title

Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:28am EDT
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(Reuters) - American Alison Riske won her first WTA title after overpowering Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic in the final of the Tianjin Open in China on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Atlanta, Georgia resident blasted away the U.S. Open quarter-finalist with some powerful serves and mean groundstrokes to take a 6-3 6-4 win.

"It's a huge accomplishment for me to win my first WTA title," the world number 62 said after downing the 17-year-old, who was also seeking a first WTA title.

"I was here by myself, which made it even more special, just to know that I was able to do it by myself. I hope I can keep up the momentum."

(Writing by Patrick Johnston in Singapore; Editing by John O'Brien)

Alison Riske of the U.S. serves to Ana Ivanovich of Serbia during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 26, 2014.    REUTERS/Adam Hunger