Unseeded Mayo Hibi Outlasts Anhelina Kalinina In Three Sets To Capture Henderson Tennis Open Singles Title

HENDERSON, Nev. (Nov. 10, 2019) - As a young child growing up in Southern California, Mayo Hibi perfected her backhand slice just like that of all-time great and Las Vegas resident Stephanie Graf.

Hibi used her precision shot-making and steady play to outlast fellow unseeded Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine to capture the Henderson Tennis Open singles final on Sunday in two hours, 36 minutes, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the USTA Women’s $60,000 Pro Circuit event that took place for the first year at the DragonRidge Country Club.

"My dad watched her play and modeled my game after her," said Hibi, who won the 80 WTA ranking points and $9,142 despite losing her serve six times. It was the first $60,000-level event for the 23-year-old Hibi has won during her career and her ninth ITF singles title. She has won four at the $25,000 level and one $50,000 in Sacramento in 2013.


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