Pune, December 15: Unseeded Valeria Savinykh of Russia made a dramatic comeback saving five match points to upset top seeded Jia Jing Lu of China and claim the singles title at the 18th edition of the NECC Deccan ITF $25000 Women’s Tennis Tournament India’s longest running international tennis tournament organized under the auspices of the ITF, AITA and MSLTA by Deccan Gymkhana and sponsored by National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) at the Deccan Gymkhana Tennis Courts.
In a thrilling final lasting 2 hours and 25 minutes Valeria Savinykh upset Jia-Jing Lu, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(7) , Savinykh came back from being 2-5 down saving 4 matchpoints in the 9th game being down 4-5 , to level scores 5-5 and then force a tiebreak. Lu then lead 5-2 in the third set tiebreak and 6-5 but Savinykh showed grit and character to come back and win the match on her second match point and win her first title of the year , Savinykh had lost the doubles finals yesterday.
it was the seccond loss in row in the finals for LU , she had gone down in the finals at Solapur last week.,”I’m thrilled to win the first title of the year , I have been good but not won a title , I’m very happy and hope this will help me to start the new year well ” said the 25 year old Russian Savinykh after the match . Speaking on saving 5 match points she said I played my game and was really not thinking about the score. Savinykh won $3919 and 50 WTA points for her brave effort , while Lu had to be content with $2091 and 30 WTA points.
The prizes were given away at the hands of Mr BSR Shastri, GM of NECC, Mr.Anand Tulpule,Life Vice President MSLTA , Mr.Sunder Iyer Hon Secretary MSLTA, Mr Vishwas Lokare, VP of MSLTA and Gen Secretary DG, Mr Girish inamdar Finance secretary DG , Mr. Ashwin Girme Tournament Director and Tennis Secretary of Deccan Gymkhana, ITF Referee Sheetal Iyer were present on the occasion.
Following are the results:
Singles:Main Draw(final Round): Valeria Savinykh(RUS) bt Lu, Jia-Jing(CHN) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(7).