Lu shocks South to win $25,000 NECC-ITF women’s tennis tourney

November 15th, 2008 - 7:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Pune, Nov 15 (IANS) Eighth seeded Jing Jing Lu of China shocked top seed Melanie South of Britain to lift the $25,000 NECC-ITF women’s tennis Championships here Saturday.In the finals, the 19-year-old and 245th ranked Lu outclassed South, ranked 116th, 6-3, 6-1.

Both players traded serve till the sixth game but Lu broke South in the eighth game to go up 5-3 and then held her serve in the next to win the first set.

In the second set, Lu allowed South to win only one game to win the match in a little over an hour.

“I am very happy to win here and it’s my first ITF victory in two years,” said Lu.

“This win has given me tremendous confidence and I hope to do well in the coming year and hope to get into the top-200 bracket by the end of the next year.”

South admitted that she was outplayed by Lu.

“I am disappointed that I lost, but Lu played amazing tennis, and chased every ball and came out with unbelievable winners,” said South.

Lu gained 25 WTA points and a purse of $2,940 whereas South received 17 points and $1,666 for her effort.

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