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Zarina Diyas secures maiden WTA Tour title at Japan Open

Zarina Diyas secures maiden WTA Tour title at Japan Open
By PA Sport

17/09/2017 at 10:59Updated 17/09/2017 at 11:01

Zarina Diyas secured her maiden WTA Tour title on Sunday with a straight-sets victory over fellow qualifier Miyu Kato at the Japan Open.

The world number 100 from Kazakhstan, who stunned defending champion Christina McHale in the semi-finals on Saturday, defeated home favourite Kato 6-2 7-5 in 77 minutes.

Diyas broke the Kato serve in the first game of the match and then again at 4-2 - sealed by a Kato double fault - to give herself the opportunity to serve out for the first set. The 23-year-old made no mistake.

And then, after breaking the Kato serve in game five of the second set - only to immediately be broken back - Diyas kept her cool to break again in game 11 and then serve out for glory.

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