Maria Sharapova has clinched her first WTA title since coming back from a medicine ban after beating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianjin Open.
The five-time grand slam champion, a event wildcard, overcame Belarusian teenager Sabalenka 7-5 7-6 (10/eight) in a straight-sets victory on Sunday.
Sharapova, who made her comeback in April, is celebrating her first title since she gained the Italian Open again in Might 2015.
Sharapova trailed world quantity 102 Sabalenka Four-1 and 5-1 within the first and second units. However the 30-year-old Russian, who didn't drop a set en path to Sunday's last, fought again on every event to say her first title in 29 months.
Sharapova served a 15-month ban after she examined constructive for the banned substance meldonium.
The previous world primary was denied a wild card for the French Open, earlier than lacking Wimbledon by means of damage. She was granted a wild card for the US Open and reached the fourth spherical earlier than dropping to Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.