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Peters Township native Alison Riske loses in Wuhan Open final

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Alison Riske returns a shot against Aryna Sabalenka during the Wuhan Open singles final at Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 28, 2019 in Wuhan, China.

WUHAN, China — Aryna Sabalenka beat unseeded Alison Riske, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, in the Wuhan Open final on Saturday to become the tournament’s first back-to-back champion.

Sabalenka joins Petra Kvitova as the only other two-time winner at Wuhan.

“I can’t believe that I defend this title,” Sabalenka said. “I can’t believe it’s happened.”

The ninth-seeded Belarusian won five of the first six games in the first set.

Riske, a Peters Township native, rallied in the second, withstanding nine aces to level the match, but Sabalenka regained control in the decider.

“Third set I came out like ‘This is a final, try to do everything you can. Just one match to go. Just do your best.’ I was just focusing on my game, focusing on each point,” Sabalenka said.

Sabalenka has now won three of her four titles in China, including the Shenzhen Open earlier this year in which she also defeated Riske in a three-set final.

Despite losing, Riske is set to enter the top 30 rankings for the first time in her career at age 29.

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