Duan beats Shlomo to win the ITF tournament

May 30th, 2009 - 5:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) China’s Ying-Ying Duan overpowered Israel’s Keren Shlomo, 6-3, 6-4 to claim the $10,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) title at the DLTA complex here Saturday.
Duan pocketed $1,568 and 12 WTA points for the title win and Shlomo received $980 and eight WTA points, on a day when the temparatures dipped somewhat and there was cloud cover to make on-court conditions comfortable.

Shlomo finished on the losing side for the second day running as she and her Australian partner Kristina Pejkovic had lost to Rushmi Chakravarthi and Chun-Yan He in the doubles final Friday.

The 21-year-old Israeli, who has been sparring with former India player Manisha Malhotra during her stay here, was error-prone Saturday and struggled with her serve especially the first. Her Chinese opponent’s deep groundstrokes and sharp returns of serve only compounded Shlomo’s worries.

The 19-year-old Duan, serving big, jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first set before being broken in the fifth game. However, she did not face much trouble in holding her serve thereafter and comfortably closed out the set in the ninth game.

The Chinese girl then broke Shlomo twice in the second set and was serving for the match in the eighth game when the Israeli saved three match points to break back. Shlomo then held her serve in the next to reduce the deficit. However, the Israeli’s fightback came too late as Daun held her serve at love in the ninth game to win the set and the match.

“I was simply outplayed by a better player. I couldn’t serve well today and made a few errors. But I had a good time here. Manisha helped me a lot and gave me some great tips,” said Shlomo, who will not play in the second of the back-to back tournaments and will instead fly back to Israel to play in another ITF event.

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