MINSK, 28 October (BelTA) – Belarus' world number 14 Aryna Sabalenka captured the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai title, BelTA has learned.
The Belarusian faced Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the final to see her off 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 15 minutes.
On her way to the final Aryna Sabalenka defeated Greece's world number 22 Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-4, Belgium's world number 18 Elise Mertens 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 and world number 26 Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 7-6.
This is the fifth WTA champion title for Aryna Sabalenka, four of which she won at the competitions held in China.
This week Aryna Sabalenka and Elise Mertens will compete in the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen. In the group stage they will face Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands and Anna-Lena Gronefeld of Germany, the Hungarian-French duo of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, and the tandem from China's Taipei Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-Ching.
The prize money of the WTA Finals which is to run through 3 November is $14 million.
Photos courtesy of the organizers of the tournament