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Peng ― listed as 182nd in the world by the WTA ― beat the 56th-ranked American 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in an hour and 45 minutes. — File picPeng ― listed as 182nd in the world by the WTA ― beat the 56th-ranked American 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in an hour and 45 minutes. — File picEIJING, Oct 16 ― China's Peng Shuai won the first WTA Tour title of her career today, beating America's Alison Riske to secure the Tianjin Open.  

Peng ― listed as 182nd in the world by the WTA ― beat the 56th-ranked American 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in an hour and 45 minutes.

Riske's victory in the 2014 Tianjin Open remains her only WTA Tour win. This year's event has total prize money of US$426,750 (RM1.8 million).

At the semi-finals earlier in the day, she knocked out world number eight Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in a gruelling encounter lasting two and a half hours with the Russian two-time Grand Slam champion and second seed. 

Peng, 30, had defeated Montenegro's Danka Kovinic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to make it to the finals. 

China has hosted an increasing number of WTA tournaments as it seeks more clout in the game. ― AFP

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