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Chang finishes second at Japan WTA tournament

TAIPEI--Taiwanese tennis player Chang Kai-chen finished as the runner-up at the Osaka HP Open on Sunday, after losing to Heather Watson of Britain during a marathon match.

The 20-year-old Briton took over three hours to defeat Chang 7-5, 7-5, 7-6(4) and claimed her career first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) title, which is also Britain's first singles win in 24 years. Chang, ranked as world No. 134, also displayed her best innings at the WTA event.

While Watson was in the lead during the first two sets, Chang resurged later and took the second set. Coming into the third set and leading 5-4, 21-year-old Chang missed winning four match points and leveled with Watson at 6-6.

During the 13th decisive game, the Briton fought back and sealed her victory.

“I give myself 90 out of 100 points for my performance since the first match here. I'm quite satisfied,” Chang told CNA.

When asked what had triggered her breakout performance, Chang said, “Perhaps, I was more mature and knew what to do on court. My brother had also made a lot of changes in my training schedule, which helped me improve a lot, both technically and psychologically.”

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