Pune: Second seed Spaniard Garcia Perez Gerogina will face the challenge from fourth seeded Katy Dunne of Great Britian in the final of the $25,000 NECC ITF Women’s Tennis Championship at the Deccan Gymkhana courts here on Saturday.
Katy worked hard to oust Fatma Al Nabhani from Oman 7-6(7-4), 6-3 while Garcia scored an easy 6-2, 6-4 victory over Olga Doroshina from Russia.
In the first semi-final on Friday, Katy came out with a top class performance to oust giant killer Fatma Al Nabhani from Oman in an one hour and 57 minute match.
The girl from Oman came into the tournament as a lucky loser after Zeel Desai twisted her ankle.
“I had never expected myself to reach so far, I was lucky to get into the tournament. It was a tough match today,” Fatma told Sakal Times.
Fatma came out with a strong game in the first set but Katy kept her on her toes and forced the game into tie-breaker and clinched the first set 7-6 (7-4) in an hour and 11 minutes.
Fatma managed to win only 3 break points out of 11 while Katy won all three.
“I had opportunities in the first set but unfortunately I could capitalise on it. I was carrying a shoulder injury right from the start of the tournament. It became worse today and I was not able to play shots freely,” explained Fatma.
In the second set, Katy did not face any trouble and wrapped up the set 6-3 in just 46 minutes.
“I did not play bad in the second set, but pain in the shoulder was getting worse and she just needed one break point to move ahead and she did it,” added Fatma.
The second semifinal turned out to be a one-sided contest as Spanish girl Garcia took just one hour and 31 minutes to get the better of Russian opponent Olga 6-2, 6-4 in straight sets.
In the first set, Garcia hit five aces and also broke Olga in the second and eighth game to wrap up the first set in 43 minutes. Seconds set saw Olga putting a much better show but failure to win break points helped Garcia to win it 6-4.
“Before the match, I was not happy with my performance and I wanted to play better in the semi-final and I did it,” said Garcia.
Doubles title went to unseeded pair of Jessy Rompies of Indonesia and Varunya Wongteanchai of Thailand who stunned Great Britain and Montenegro pair of Samantha Murray and Ana Veselinovic 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and three minutes.