Ben Shelton claimed his first ATP Tour title with victory over Aslan Karatsev on the Japan Open in Tokyo.
The 21-year-old solely turned professional simply over a 12 months in the past, however has made speedy progress. Final month he reached the semifinals of the US Open and can change into the fourth American within the high 15 of the rankings on Monday.
Shelton confirmed no nerves within the ultimate in opposition to Karatsev, and it was the Russian who smashed his racket in frustration through the second set as his opponent cruised to a 7-5 6-1 victory.
“That meant so much to me and my group,” Shelton mentioned on atptour.com. “We labored very laborious from the begin to construct my recreation and win titles on the ATP Tour.
“I’ve had some deep runs currently. You see the good champions, they’re making weeks off. They’re successful titles, they are not simply reaching the ultimate. They’ll preserve their degree all week.
“I am not saying I am nonetheless there someplace, however to have the ability to do it for every week, to placed on 5 video games in a row in Tokyo, is actually particular.”
Shelton, who may nonetheless qualify for the ATP Finals subsequent month, is coached by his father Bryan, and the pair change into the fourth father-son duo to win tour-level singles titles within the open period.
Siniakova triumphs in epic Jiangxi Open ultimate
Katerina Siniakova saved three match factors and staged a shocking comeback to beat compatriot Marie Bouzkova 1-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4) to win the Jiangxi Open in China.
After dropping the primary set after which breaking down in each the second and third units, the sixtieth seed Siniakova refused to submit as she fought again to win two tiebreak units and declare the title in a three-hour and 33 minute epic. over Twenty ninth-ranked Bouzkova.
It’s Siniakova’s fifth profession title and second of the season, following his victory in Hamburg in July.
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