McHale revels in Japan title

McHale revels in Japan title

Christina McHale claimed her maiden WTA Tour title on Sunday as she won the Japan Women's Open.

The American, whose only previous final came in Acapulco in 2014, looked set for more heartache as she fell a set behind to the Czech Republic's Katerina Siniakova on another rainy day in Tokyo.

However, she battled back to level by winning the second and continued her momentum into an intense decider, before eventually claiming a 3-6 6-4 6-4 victory.

Speaking after the event, McHale was understandably delighted to have finally claimed her maiden WTA tournament victory.

"I don't even want to put my trophy down - I just want to hold it all the time," McHale told the WTA Tour website.

"I've been coming to this tournament for a few years now and I really love it here. Thanks to all the fans and everyone here for sticking through all the rain delays - we've had a few, especially today."