SPORTS China's Wu Yibing captures top honors at CTA Tour-Huangpu in Guangzhou

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China's Wu Yibing captures top honors at CTA Tour-Huangpu in Guangzhou

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11:11, November 16, 2020

Wu Yibing celebrates after winning the men's singles final match against Bai Yan during the 2020 CTA Tour 800 Greater Bay Area Open at Guangzhou Development District International Tennis School in Guangzhou, China, November 14, 2020. (Photo: CFP)

The Chinese Tennis Association (CTA) ended the eight-day CTA Tour 800 Greater Bay Area Open – Huangpu on Saturday in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. In the men's singles final, 5th-seeded Wu Yibing, the 2017 U.S. Open junior champion, edged 31-year-old top seed Bai Yan in three sets (6-1, 4-6, 10-8) to claim the title.

Wu, 21, showed his dominance, landing a cross-court backhand to take the opening set 6-1. But the man from Nanjing saw the tables turned in the second set. Bai moved forward and laid down a powerful forehand to grab a 5-2 lead. The World 250 remained on the front foot with a chance to break Wu and leveled the match. Bai remained patient until his opponent's backhand found the net to give away the frame 6-4 and level the match 1-1. The decider was played in the 10-point tiebreaker format, which Wu finally won with a thundering forehand 10-8.

A general view of the stadium prior to the 2020 CTA Tour 800 Greater Bay Area Open at Guangzhou Development District International Tennis School in Guangzhou, China, November 14, 2020. (Photo: CFP)

The fifth-seed from Hangzhou, who turned professional in 2017, prevailed in three sets to collect top honors in Guangzhou's Huangpu District. Wu was destined for another win as he paired with teammate Wu Di to easily pass another Chinese duo, Bu Yunchaokete and Wang Aoran, 6-1, 6-0 in the men's doubles final.

On the women's side, 17-year-old Henan native Bai Zhuoxuan, who was also the 15th-seed, cruised past 8th-seeded Ma Yexin 6-3, 6-2 to claim the singles title. In the women's doubles final, the second-seeded Zhu Lin and Han Xinyun beat top-seeded pair Zheng Saisai and Zhang Ying 7-5, 6-3.

The tournament will move to Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, for the CTA Finals from November 20-22.

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