‘What a victory’: Ann Li wins first career WTA title in Tenerife

Ann Li
Ann Li

American tennis star Ann Li was having a good 2021 season before coming into the Tenerife Open where she transformed the ‘good’ season into an ‘unforgettable’ one. She was able to reach the semifinals at the Monterrey Open earlier this year delivered a similar performance at the US Challenger in Chicago.

However, the American was failing to deliver in crunch moments. Correcting that, Ann delivered a clinical performance at the Tenerife Open and went on to thrash all her opponents one after the other to win the coveted title. Such was Ann’s domination that she dropped just a single set in the entire tournament.

“I’m a super-aggressive, all-court player, and I have a lot of goals”: Ann Li after the title win at Tenerife

Ann Li
Ann Li

Ann started off by defeating Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in her opening round. The encounter went on for three sets and even after dropping the first set, Ann was able to script a wonderful comeback and never looked back after that. She thrashed Irina-Camelia Begu, and Alizé Cornet in an emphatic style in the quarter and semifinal respectively which would have given her a lot of confidence going into the final clash.

In the finals, Ann started off in a brilliant fashion and cornered Colombian tennis star Camila Osorio in the first set. Although Osorio tried scripting a comeback in the second set, Ann was just too good for her. Ann went on to win the final in straight sets by 6-1, 6-4.

I’m a super-aggressive, all-court player, and I have a lot of goals,” Li said. “I always knew I had it in me. It was just a matter of time before it showed,” she added. “I’ve had a steady growth in the past, which I like,” Li stated after the incredible win.

Sometimes players get results too quickly and then they go down. Once I get up there, I really want to stay there and be at the top. So, I kind of like the journey I’ve been on, and where I’m going now,” Ann further said. The American would now look to add more to her tally of title wins in the future.

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