Seventh seed Sahaja Yamalapalli beat second seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-3 within the last of the $25,000 ITF girls’s tennis event on the MSLTA Centre on Sunday.
It was the third singles title within the skilled circuit for the 23-year-old Sahaja following those in Gurugram and Nagpur final yr.
“I’m actually blissful to win my third singles title at residence. I liked the challenges from all my opponents and loved overcoming them. I’m extra relaxed and having much more enjoyable on courtroom”, stated Sahaja, who’s being groomed by Rene Zondag of PBI on the Dravid-Padukone centre in Bengaluru.
Sahaja additionally made it a degree to specific her gratitude to teach Ashley Hobson within the US who was guiding her through the stint within the US circuit in latest weeks, and follows up over the cellphone each second day.
“Am extraordinarily grateful to each of them for serving to me obtain the title this week”, she stated.
The champion collected Rs. 3,29,605 and the runner-up, Makarova received Rs. 1,29,881.
Sahaja led 5-3 within the first set and 5-1 within the second, earlier than pulling by in straight units. She transformed seven of 10 break factors that she compelled, whereas the 27-year-old Makarova, ranked 186, may convert solely 4 of 10 break factors.
Sahaja didn’t drop a set in the entire event and conceded solely 27 video games in all to her 5 opponents in singles.
She might be competing within the $40,000 occasion in Navi Mumbai subsequent week, and promised to offer her finest and luxuriate in tackling the challenges on courtroom.
The outcomes (last): Sahaja Yamalapalli bt Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-3.