In the ultimate Houdini act, Katerina Siniakova prevailed in a three hour and 33 minute thriller which is the longest final of the season at the Jiangxi Open ironically in the last main tournaments in the WTA Calendar.
Siniakova saved three championship points to win a fifth career singles title at the Jiangxi Open outlasting Marie Bouzkova 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) on Sunday.
She battled back from a break down in both the second and third sets before winning her second singles title of the year. She also won Bad Homburg in June and was a finalist in Hong Kong last week losing to Leylah Fernandez in a defeat she avenged this week.
Bouzkova was left in floods of tears post match and there's good reason to see why. She was 6-1, 4-2 up and Siniakova began to match her in the rallies and brought herself back into contention.
Still though, she had to save a championship point on her serve at 5-4 in the second and she edged ahead at 6-5 where she held four set points. Bouzkova then had her turn to rebound erasing three set points but finally Siniakova sealed it.
Bouzkova had another chance though at 5-3 where she held two more championship points before Siniakova won three games in a row to serve for the title at 6-5. She then came back again from 2-0 to seal her first championship point. A true game of cat and mouse and it was Siniakova who prevailed against all odds.