Muguruza beats Bacsinszky to win women's China Open

Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:31am EDT
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BEIJING (Reuters) - Spain's Garbine Muguruza, one of the rising stars of women's tennis, beat Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky to win the China Open on Sunday, her biggest title to date.

Muguruza won a hard-fought final 7-5, 6-4 to capture her first Premier Mandatory title and climb to fourth in the world rankings.

It was just the 22-year-old's second WTA title, after she won her first at last year's Hobart International, and made up for the frustration of losing her two previous finals this year, at Wimbledon in July and Wuhan last week.

"For me, to be able to come and win the tournament after losing in the finals of Wuhan last week is a great achievement," she said at the trophy presentation.

"It's amazing, and I can't wait to come back and defend my title next year."

Muguruza turned 22 a few days ago and became the youngest player to win a title at this level or higher since a 21-year-old Petra Kvitova captured the WTA Finals crown in Istanbul in 2011.

Bacsinszky, twice a winner in Mexico this year, provided Muguruza with a stern test, leading 5-2 in the opening set and 2-0 in the second.

But Muguruza rallied back each time to close out the match in straight sets.

"It's the third time I'm losing against you," Bacsinzky told her conqueror.   Continued...

Garbine Muguruza of Spain poses for photographs with her trophy during the award ceremony after winning the women's singles final match against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland at the China Open Tennis Tournament in Beijing, China, October 11, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon