Zheng Saisai beat Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 7-6 (3) and thus won the first WTA title in the San Jose Tournament.
“”I played every match on Stadium Court, and from the first match, I heard so many people cheering for me, and I was surprised because I felt like I was far from home, playing in the States. It turns out there are a lot of Chinese fans and even the local people started to support me after my second match. I really appreciated that.”
“You don’t always want to play too fast, because [Sabalenka] is one of the best at this,” she explained after the match. “The tactic was to put the ball deep, and whenever I saw space, to let her run, and then change with a slice or high ball. Had I given the same pace, she would hit winners from any corner, so I was trying to mix it up.”
“It brings up so much confidence,” she said. “I hadn’t been winning and then here, I beat many seeded players. But everyone is different, and rankings can’t tell you how strong a player can be, because everyone can win if they play well. I’m not going to relax, and feel like I’m unbelievable!”
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