Maria Sharapova was able to claim her first singles championship for the first time since returning back to the game. Her success at the Tianjin Open marks the first WTA title for the Russian since 2015. She was able to get this victory by overcoming Aryna Sabalenka in an extremely tough 7-5, 7-6(8) match. After the game, the Russian claimed that it once again feels special to be back among wins. Sharapova was one of the favourites for the recently held China Open but she was unable to get even into the finals of the competition. Yet, she was able to come away with a brilliant performance over Sabalenka in what was a very tough match.
Sharapova’s last success at a major WTA event was back in 2015 when she won the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in 2015. The success means that the Russian has now been able to claim a 36th title in her career. After having won the Grand Slam five times in her career, she has been able to lift the Tianjin Open without losing a set of the course of the tournament. Even after this defeat, Sabalenka will be quite pleased with the overall performances over the last few weeks, as she will now be entering into the top 10 of the WTA rankings. Meanwhile, Sharapova has no time to rest and she will be taking part in the Kremlin Cup hoping to win the title for the first time in her career.
As expected, this final was a tight contest with the two players only separated by five points. Sharapova was clearly able to use her incredible experience in the game, while highly rated teenager Sabalenka may still be able to take a lot of positives from this game. Sharapova says that she is already looking forward to playing in the Kremlin Cup.