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Chin-Wei Chan clinches title

WINNER AGAIN: Chin-Wei Chan of Chinese Taipei who won her second consecutive title beating Rushmi Chakravarthi. — Photo: Vivek Bendre

WINNER AGAIN: Chin-Wei Chan of Chinese Taipei who won her second consecutive title beating Rushmi Chakravarthi. — Photo: Vivek Bendre  

Nandakumar Marar

MUMBAI: Chin-Wei Chan, powered by fierce crosscourt forehands and willingness to run down returns, thwarted Rushmi Chakravathi's intentions 6-4, 6-2 for the $ 25,000 MSLTA ITF Women's Tennis Circuit singles crown. The second seed from Chinese Taipei, pocketing her second title in back-to-back Mumbai weeks after a $ 10,000 event at Practennis, proved that winning can become an infectious habit.

Chan's body language right through the 75-minute encounter was positive, relishing pace off the court and working the angles against the tiring Indian. "I had to do something to break her rhythm. You know Chan likes the ball to come on," said the sixth-seed, about her attempt to keep the rampaging second seed in check. Sliced backhands hit deep and across worked to a limited extent, the fatigue took its toll.

There was no stopping Chan once she moved in for the kill, rolling forehands wherever she wished.

Rushmi, dropping her second service game in both sets despite a decent first serve percentage, was not allowed any leeway by a patient rival, varying pace and lashing winners at first opportunity.

Union Youth Affairs & Sports Minister, Sunil Dutt, presided over the awards function. The singles champion earned $ 2940 and 25 points, the runner-up $ 1666 and 17 points.

Rushmi-Sai Jayalakshmy duo got $ 686 after bowing out against a Russian/Italian combo of Nina Bratchikova and Francesca Lubiani in straight sets on Friday night, the doubles winners sharing $ 1176. The $ 25,000 ITF event was organised by MSLTA.

The results (all finals):

Singles: 2-Chin-Wei Chan (Chinese Taipei) bt 6-Rushmi Chakravarthi (India) 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles: 1-Nina Bratchikova (Russia)/Francesca Lubiani (Italy) bt Rushmi C/Sai Jayalakshmy Jayaram (India) 6-3, 6-4.

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