Chan tames Yumi to win Bidar title

Top seed Wing Yau Venise Chan of Hong Kong overwhelmed unseeded Yumi Miyazaki of Japan 6-2, 6-3 to clinch the $10,000 ITF Bidar Open title at the Police Training School courts here on Saturday.

In a match that lasted for little over an hour, Chan overcame a shaky first serve to put it past Miyakazi. Baseline rallies were the order of the day as the 23-year-old Chan grabbed the momentum with her power-packed ground strokes.

The 371st-ranked Chan took the early initiative in the match as she broke Miyakazi’s serve in the first and fifth game to take a 4-1 lead. But the Japanese hit back to break Chan’s serve in the sixth game to narrow the lead.

Chan, however, kept her nerve to finish off the set at 6-2.

The second set followed a similar pattern as the first with Chan coming up with service breaks in the first and fifth games. Up 4-1, Chan had to deal with some fightback from Miyakazi with her service being broken in the sixth and eighth games.

Chan, though, kept up the pressure pounding some fine winners to close out the set and match at 6-3.

Cash award for Girisha

Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) has  announced a cash award of Rs 1 lakh  to Paralymic silver medallist H N Girisha, who was the chief guest on the concluding day of the championship.

"It was an inspiring effort by Girisha and he has been a shining example to all sportspersons in the country and as a token appreciation of his achievement, the KSLTA is pleased to give him a cheque for Rs 1 lakh,” said C S Sunder Raju, Secretary, KSLTA.
Result (final, prefix denotes seeding): 1-Wing Yau Venise Chan (Hkg) bt Yumi Miyazaki (Jpn) 6-2, 6-3.

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