BREAK POINT:After playing the entire tournament without dropping a set, Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei failed to add a third WTA singles title to the two she earned in 2012
Date: Nov 13, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter
Former top-10 player Belinda Bencic of Switzerland yesterday won the first WTA Tour title of her comeback after five months on the sidelines at the Hua Hin 125k Championship, defeating Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei in the final in Thailand.
World No. 165 Bencic, who is coached by Martina Hingis’ mother, defeated the fourth seed 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour, 38 minutes.
The Swiss player, who reached a career-high seventh in the world rankings last year, saved five of seven break points and converted five of 11, winning 79 of the 143 points contested to claim her first title of the year on the senior tour.
The Swiss star dropped just one set on her way to capturing the trophy, the first of her quarter-final against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia, before fighting back to win in three.
It was Bencic’s third WTA Tour singles title after victories in Eastbourne, England, and Toronto in 2015. [FULL STORY]