Samsonova wins 3rd WTA title in 2 months

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TOKYO (AP) Liudmila Samsonova of Russia extended a remarkable summer run by clinching her third title in two months after beating rising Chinese player Zheng Qinwen 7-5, 7-5 at the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Sunday.

No. 30-ranked Samsonova won in Washington and Cleveland in August and also reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open. The 23-year-old has now won 18 of her last 19 matches and didn't drop a set in Tokyo.

"It's amazing. I think I need a little bit of time to realize it, but it's unbelievable," Samsonova said. "It was like a nervous match today. I was really prepared physically but I was tired mentally because I was playing singles and doubles every day. I'm very happy with the way I managed the pressure."


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