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Elina Svitolina claims Taiwan Open title, beats Shuai Peng in final

Elina Svitolina won the Taiwan Open title after beating Shuai Peng in the final.

tennis Updated: Feb 05, 2017 21:31 IST
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Elina Svitolina of Ukraine defeated Shuai Peng in the Taiwan Open final.
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine defeated Shuai Peng in the Taiwan Open final.(AFP)

Top seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine won the Taiwan Open Sunday after beating China’s Shuai Peng in a convincing victory.

The world ranked number 13 defeated her opponent in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, clinching her fifth WTA singles title.

The Ukrainian, who had been struggling with flu since arriving in Taipei, played a tough quarter-final but breezed through the semi-final Saturday, defeating Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella.

Svitolina and Peng had only played each other once before Sunday in the 2014 New Haven Open, when the Chinese emerged victorious.

Peng, ranked 71st, returned to tennis last March after taking a break from playing following an operation for a waist injury in 2015.

Peng was ranked 41st in 2014 before her injury.