Carol Zhao won the biggest title of her career on Sunday in at the $100,000 Shenzhen Challenger in China. The 22-year-old Canadian defeated no. 4 seed Fangzhou Liu 7-5, 6-2 in one hour, 19 minutes to win.
She d. world no. 156  F. Liu 7-5, 6-2 in the Final for the 🏆.
Start of the year: world # 491
End of the year: # 150 pic.twitter.com/5PPost3fW3
— Canada's Tennis News (@CdnTennisNews) November 12, 2017
It was a clean serving performance from Zhao in this final: She won 82% of first service points in the match, including six aces, and won 9/10 of her service games. An inspired performance by the Canadian limited Liu to just 11/29 on her second serve.
Zhao was more efficient on break point opportunities in the final compared to her semi-final on Saturday against Zhang. On Saturday she was 2/21 but on Sunday she was a solid 4/5. She only surrendered her serve once in the match. The match ended with Zhao winning 69 points to Liu’s 53.
This is Zhao’s second career title – both titles coming in 2017. She also won the $25,000 Nanao Challenger in September. Zhao will now claim a new career-high of 150 when Monday’s rankings are released.