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Maiden pro singles title at last for Karman Kaur

High hopes: Karman will be aiming to break into the top-150 before the year runs out.

High hopes: Karman will be aiming to break into the top-150 before the year runs out.  

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The 20-year-old says she is stepping up the intensity mentally as well as game-wise

From reaching two semifinals back to back, one as a qualifier, in her first three tournaments in the ITF pro circuit in July 2014, to winning her maiden singles title in the $25,000 ITF women’s tournament in Hong Kong on Saturday, Karman Kaur Thandi has come a long way.

“It feels great to win this title.

“I am very happy to win my first pro title,” said Karman, who is back home in Delhi for a short break before returning to the circuit in China and then getting ready for the Asian Games in Jakarta.

The 20-year-old — all set to get her best rank next week — will be aiming to break into the top-150 before the year runs out.

Karman did not drop a set in her last three matches.

“I kept my intensity on every point and am stepping it up both mentally and game -wise,” said Karman.

“Every time I step on the court it is to win. “But, once you are on court, you can’t think of the result, because you have no control over it. I am trying to improve each day,” said Karman.

Mahesh Bhupathi, who has been supporting Karman with her travel, training and competition for some time, said: “It is a stepping stone. It is her fifth final. Let us not get carried away as it is a $25K win. Her goal is to break the top-100 in 24 months and play Wimbledon qualifiers next year this time. Winning matches boosts confidence and that is the key.”

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