It was a perfect day to start the Chinese New Year. The defending champions from Chinese Taipei Yung-Jan Chan and Chia-Jung Chuang retained their doubles title at Sony Ericsson International, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour today by defeating fourth seed Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 (11-9) at the KSLTA Signature Kingfisher Tennis Centre.
By beating the Taipei-Russian duo, Chan-Chuang earned Sony Ericsson trophy, prize money of $7,620 and 140 points, while the runners-up earned $4,020, 100 points and trophy. The trophies were prize by Karnataka Education Minister Shri. R. Ashok and prize money was handed over by Canara Bank Chairman and Managing Director Shri. M.D.N. Rao. Sony Ericsson Communications Manager Sudhir Mathur presented the latest mobile phones to the winners.
In a battle of nerves and serves, the Chang-Chuang players played extremely good tennis and maintained the suspense till the end, though they were out played by Hsieh-Kudryavtseva in the first set 7-6 (7-3).
Going by the first set, the 105-minute battle could have gone either way as the first and fourth seed players broke each other service twice to reach tie-breaker at 6-6. At one stage, Hsieh-Kudryavtseva was leading 4-1. But, Chan-Chuang sprung back and bagged the next three points to place the game evenly at 4-4. Immediately, Hsieh- Kudryavtseva tightened the noose and bagged the next three points and the set (7-4).
However, Chan-Chuang decided to spoil Hsieh-Kudryavtseva party though the game was evenly poised at 2-2 in the second set. The champions played some serious tennis and and broke Hsieh-Kudryavtseva services in the third fifth and seventh fourth game to conquer the next four games 6-2 that forced them to enter the super tie-breaker to determine the winner.
The super tie-breaker looked like a ding-dong battle with Hsieh-Kudryavtseva down from 4-7 raced to level the score at 9-9. Finally, the champions showed their might and retained the title (11-9).
Results of the day:
Yung-Jan Chan (Tpe)/ Chia-Jung Chuang (Tpe) bt Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe)/ Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 (11-9).