Mchale produced a stirring comeback to defeat Katerina siniakova in the final of the Japan women's open tennis and lift her maiden WTA title.
A semifinalist 12 months ago, McHale looked in store for another near-miss when she trailed Siniakova by a set and a break. However, a timely rain delay and a run of eight straight games turned the match on its head as the American closed out a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
In a contest of numerous twists and turns, McHale was very nearly foiled at the last, Sinaikova rallying from 5-2 down to set up a tense conclusion.
Ultimately, McHale's nerve held steady, completing an emotional victory when Siniakova tugged a backhand wide.
"I don't even want to put my trophy down - i just want to hold it all the time," McHale said during the trophy presentation. "I've been coming to this tournament for a few years now and I really love it here. Thanks to all the fans and everyone here for sticking through all the rain delays - we've had a few, especially today!"