Peng romps to title in Nanchang

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China's Peng Shuai claims the Jiangxi Open title in Nanchang as she overpowers unseeded Japanese Nao Hibino 6-3, 6-2 in a one-sided final.
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China's Peng Shuai poses with the trophy after defeating Nao Hibino of Japan in the final of the WTA Jiangxi Open in Nanchang, southeast China's Jiangxi Province, on July 30, 2017.

China's Peng Shuai claimed the WTA Jiangxi Open title on Sunday when she overpowered unseeded Nao Hibino 6-3, 6-2 in a one-sided final.

The 31-year-old Peng made light work of the Japanese in just under 90 minutes to add to the maiden WTA singles crown she won last year, also on home soil, in Tianjin.

Peng, with a world ranking of 32 and the tournament's second seed, was never really in trouble on the outdoor hardcourts at Nanchang in southeast China's Jiangxi Province.

Hibino, 92 in the world, drove a two-handed backhand into the net from the baseline to gift the home favorite the match.

Peng, nearly a decade older than her opponent, raised both hands to the evening skies in celebration as she made the perfect start to the summer hardcourt season.

The tournament, where sweltering temperatures troubled players throughout the week, had opened up nicely for Peng.

Fellow Chinese and top seed Zhang Shuai and European stars Jelena Jankovic and Kristyna Pliskova all tumbled out early to leave Peng as the sole remaining seed in the semifinals.

In Gstaad, Switzerland, Fabio Fognini beat Yannick Hanfmann 6-4, 7-5 at the ATP Gstaad International final on Sunday to win his fifth tour title.

The 31-year-old Italian, ranked 31 in the world, was playing in his 13th ATP final.

All five of his victories have come on clay.

Despite losing, 25-year-old Hanfmann, the world No. 170, enjoyed the best result of his career this week in reaching the final, having also knocked out third seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the second round.

In Atlanta, Georgia, second-seeded John Isner beat third-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the Atlanta Open final for the fifth straight year and the seventh time in eight years, The Associated Press reported.

Isner lost to Nick Kyrgios last year at Atlantic Station after winning the hardcourt event three straight years. The 6-foot-10 former University of Georgia star will face fourth-seeded Ryan Harrison in an all-American final.

"It was a very good match. Absolutely nothing to complain about today," Isner said. "On and off the court in pretty quick fashion and I certainly will be ready to go tomorrow. I feel great physically, maybe the best I have felt in quite some time. More importantly than that, I am pretty confident as well."

The 32-year-old Isner won the Hall of Fame Open last week in Newport, Rhode Island, for his 11th career title — all at the ATP World Tour 250 level. He has won seven consecutive tour matches and held for 69 straight service games.

Muller reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals this month.

"He made it very tough for me today," Miller said. "I don't feel like I played a bad match. I maybe didn't serve well enough today, but it's also because of him. He put a lot of pressure on me. It was very tough out there today. All credit to him. He played a great match."

Harrison beat fifth-seeded Kyle Edmund of England 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4. Harrison won the Memphis Open in February for his first career title. Edmund beat top-seeded Jack Sock on Friday night.

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