Tamarine wins maiden WTA tour crown in India

Tamarine wins maiden WTA tour crown in India
By Reuters

08/02/2003 at 15:04Updated

Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn romped past Uzbekistan's Iroda Tulyaganova 6-4 6-4 to win her maiden WTA tour title at the Indian Open on Saturday.

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Tamarine, who had lost five finals since making her tour debut in 1993, finally did one better relying on her strong baseline game.

"It was a tough match today, but I served better than in the previous matches and also played better shots," Tamarine said. "Every ball, every shot I was concentrating hard. Probably that turned the match in my favour."

The second seed started confidently and claimed the first set in just over half an hour.

Tulyaganova, who has already won three WTA tour titles and almost ousted former world number one American Lindsay Davenport at the Australian Open last month, had beaten Tamarine in the final of the 2002 Asian Games.

"I know I had lost to her in the Asiad but I wasn't worried," Tamarine said. "I thought I've got nothing to lose and went for it. I just wanted to enjoy the game."

Another Thai, Paradorn Srichaphan, had won the men's singles title at the ATP tour's Indian Open tennis tournament in Madras earlier this year.