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Alexandrova beats Rybakina in final to claim her maiden WTA title

WTA Shenzhen Open 2020 - Day 6

SHENZHEN, CHINA - JANUARY 10: Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia thanks the crowd during the women’s singles semi final match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain on day 6 of the 2020 WTA Shenzhen Open at Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center on January 10, 2020 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)

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SHENZHEN, China — Ekaterina Alexandrova won her first WTA Tour title as she defeated Elena Rybakina 6-2, 6-2 in the Shenzhen Open final on Saturday.

The fifth-seeded Alexandrova lost just one set this week in Shenzhen and extended her winning streak to 10 straight matches.

Alexandrova was playing only her second WTA Tour final and first since Linz in 2018.

For Rybakina, it was her third final in six months. She also lost to Rebecca Peterson in the Nanchang tournament before going down at the last hurdle in Shenzhen on Saturday.

It was also the first WTA Tour match between the two players although Alexandrova won an exhibition match against Rybakina in the Czech Republic recently.