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Li lands inaugural Tenerife Ladies Open with win over Osorio Serrano

American Ann Li landed her first WTA Tour title with a 6-1 6-4 win over 19-year-old Maria Camila Osorio Serrano from Colombia at the inaugural Tenerife Ladies Open on Sunday.

Li completed lifted the trophy after 70 minutes of play, denying Osorio Serrano her second title of the season, and adding her name as the first to be engraved on the silverware.

While the 21-year-old lost her serve in the opening game of the match, she proceeded to win the next 6 games and broke Osorio Serrano to love with a forehand return winner in the first game of the second.

The Colombian got the immediate break back but could not stop Li grabbing the decisive break in the 5th game to take a 3-2 lead, and the American went on to serve out the win with an overhead in the 10th game.

Li struck 15 winners to Osorio’s 12 in the encounter, taking charge of proceedings with powerful groundstrokes whenever she could hit through the speed and deft drop-shots produced by Osorio Serrano.

The Colombian, who won her first career title on home soil in Bogota this spring, came undone by her unforced errors, leaking 15 more miscues than Li’s total, while the American took charge after drawing those unforced errors, converting 5 of her 10 break points to score an impressive win.

Both Li and Osorio have made exceptional strides in 2021, ranked 112 and 190 respectively a year ago, and now both just outside the Top 50, with multiple WTA singles finals to their credit.

Li will be the No 9 seed in Courmayeur next week, where she will face Kamilla Rakhimova of Russia in the first round, while Osorio Serrano will be playing in Cluj-Napoca against Rebecca Peterson of Sweden.



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