BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- American teenager Vania King on Sunday used aggressive groundstrokes to come back from a 2-4 deficit in the third set and defeat Tamarine Tanasugarn 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the championship match of the Bangkok Open.
It was King's first appearance in the finals of a tournament and her first WTA title. She is the first 17-year-old from the United States to win a WTA title since Serena Williams won the U.S. Open in 1999.
"I'm ecstatic to win my first title. I don't know how to express my feelings," King said. "My game has been improving well, which is important for me."
King, who turned professional only three months ago, attacked more and broke the Thai for the first time to lead 4-2 in the second set.
At 5-4 in the third set, King had a triple match point but wasted her first when she hit a forehand long. She went on to blast a forehand on the baseline for the winner.
King said she struggled as a junior player, but was looking forward to a successful pro career.
"I hope to be in top 20 in the next two years," she said. Enditem