Acapulco, Gro., 2 de marzo.- Yafan Wang made history at Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, by becoming the first Chinese player to lift the tournament title, which is the first in her career as a professional.
Wang (65-WTA) made her debut in Acapulco and defeated the American Sofia Kenin (35-WTA), fifth seed, by 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a match that lasted two hours and 10 minutes.
The Asian rounded out the perfect night for China, since minutes before, her compatriot Saisai Zheng was proclaimed champion in the doubles tournament, next to Victoria Azarenka.
“It’s my first time in Acapulco and I really liked it, it was a great week; this tournament is incredible and everything is very well organized, “said Wang, who also played three sets (against Donna Vekic) in the first round, in the first round and the quarterfinals she won in straight sets and in the second round she advanced because of Mónica Puig’s retirement.
“In the first set I had a lot of mistakes, then I just tried to put the ball in play and that worked. She plays well, it was a tough match, I tried to get my best game”.
Kenin kept the first set and had a 2-0 lead in the second set, but the Chinese showed reaction capacity and managed to level the score.
In the decisive set, Wang broke in the third game, although Kenin recovered it in the sixth game.
Yafan was again in advantage in the eleventh game and with double match point, closed the match with a crossed shot that had no response.
Kenin was looking for her second title of the season, after being crowned in Hobart. On the way to the final she played two rounds against opponents who retired and two matches to three sets.