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New Delhi [India], April 4 (ANI): India’s Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha introduced cheers to the Indian tennis followers with a convincing 6-3, 7-6 win over American fourth seed Oliver Crawford within the last of the ITF Males’s $15,000 New Delhi at RK Khanna Tennis Stadium on Sunday.
With this victory, the Indian swing of the ITF World Tennis Tour which started on the onset of March 2021 involves an finish with Poonacha incomes India its maiden dwelling win in singles.
On Saturday, high seeds in doubles Arjun Kadhe and Saketh Myneni lifted the doubles championship trophies.
Poonacha, en path to his win immediately, additionally ended his title drought on the ITF Males’s Tour since his maiden win in Indonesia in 2018 and was completely satisfied that he didn’t hand over and fought laborious to win.
“It feels nice. Thanks to all of the help workers as soon as once more, everybody performed an vital function in enhancing my sport. It is a very completely satisfied second, simply too nervous. It is a good feeling. The one factor that stored me going was that I’ve labored so laborious and didn’t wish to hand over really easy. So I simply stored on preventing,” stated Poonacha, after the win.
The 25-year-old resident of Anantpur, Poonacha received by way of the primary set comfortably and took the lead within the match. Nonetheless, the winner of final week’s Males’s $15,000 Pune occasion, Crawford tried his finest to make a comeback within the second set to take the match into the deciding set.
After the loss, 21-year-old Crawford stated, “Clearly, I didn’t get the job performed immediately. I want I used to be a bit of bit higher immediately however he performed higher than me and he deserved to win.”
Crawford was main 5-3 within the second set however did not convert three break factors which ultimately value him dearly. Poonacha managed to carry his serve and leveled the scores at 5-5 within the second set. Poonacha then completed off the match within the tiebreaker to take the trophy dwelling.
“I didn’t play rather well down the stretch. I performed a few good factors on his serve. It was a bit him taking part in effectively and me not taking part in my finest within the essential moments and when that occurs, it is powerful to get it performed,” stated Crawford.
“It was a very good final two weeks right here in India. Tremendous pleased with the best way I’ve carried out,” Crawford concluded about his Indian tour this month. (ANI)