- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

TIANJIN, China (AP) - Alison Riske held on to defeat Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Tianjin Open on Sunday for her first WTA Tour title.

The sixth-seeded American led 6-3, 4-1, but Bencic fought back to level the match at 4-all and held a break point to go up 5-4.

Riske saved the break point, though, and captured the final two games to close out the match.

“It’s a huge accomplishment for me to win my first WTA title,” she said. “I was here by myself, which made it even more special, just to know that I was able to do it by myself.”

The 17-year-old Bencic was attempting to become the youngest winner on the WTA Tour since 15-year-old Tamira Paszek captured the Portoroz title in 2006.

The third-seeded Swiss was also playing in the first WTA final of her career.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide