Spaniard Georgina stamps class, wins first title in Asian
Pune: Spain's second seed Georgina Garcia-Perez won a straight set battle against No. 4 seed Katy Dunne to claim the NECC-ITF $25,000 women's tennis championship at the Deccan Gymkhana courts, here on Saturday.
In a match of near equals Georgina, ranked 238 on WTA Tour, registered a 6-4, 7-5 win after a 1 hour 41 minute fight to claim her maiden title in Asia and the 9th of her career.
Likewise, Georgina became the first Spaniard to win the ITF title in Pune.
For Katy, the title in Pune once again remained a distant dream as she finished runners-up for the second time with the last being 2014 when she went down to India's Ankita Raina.
The 25-year-old Barcelona-born Georgina began the day on a high forcing a break early to lead 1-0. On serve in the next Georgina struggled which included saving a break-point but ended conceding to Katy (1-1).
Both player then held serves in the next two games.
The 5th had Katy hand over Georgina the lead, courtesy a double=fault which Georgina capatalised on to go ahead 3-2.
Georgina's lead was shortlived. An error prone 6th, which had two double faults led to a 3-3 scoreline.
Thereafter, the Spaniard ralied from break-point down to take a 4-3 lead and made it 5-3 winning a 'love' game on serve.
Katy held the 9th, before Georgina closed out the set with ease.
The second set had both players trade serves in an identical repeat of the first set. The 3rd had Georgina break and hold the next for a 3-1 advantage.
Two double faults in the 5th had Georgina help Katy earn a break which ended up in Katy holding and the score 3-3.
The Spaniard made it 4-3, with Katy double-faulting at a crutial moment and held the next to open a 5-3 advantage.
Katy then put it all to get back into the game. She held the 9th, broke Georgina to make it 5-5.
However, the Spaniard had the last say over the enxt two games by breaking Katy and then served out a 'love' game to finsih in style.
Georgina Gracia Perez explained, "I am delighted with my victory. It was a tough week for me I came alone here, I had an upset stomach for two days... so recovering from all this and playing was hard."
The Spaniard earned 50 ranking points, while the runners up bagged 30 points for their efforts.
"This win is important because it will give me chance ti get back in Top 200," ahe added.
Gracious in defeat, Katy said, "She was a better player, It was a difficult match. I was finalist three years before. I had hope of winning the match, but I was not good with my serves which cost me the match."
The prizes were given at the hands of Mr. BSR Sastri, General manager, NECC. Also present at this occasion Mr. Nitin Joshi, Trustee, Deccan Gymkhana, Mr. Sunder Iyer, Hon. Sec., MSLTA, Mrs. Sheetal Iyer, ITF Supervisor.
2- Georgina Garcia-Perez (ESP) b 4-Katy Dunne (GBR) 6-4, 7-5.