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Thailand's Danai Udomchoke (left) who won the singles title poses with the doubles winners and compatriots Ratiwatana Sanchai and Ratiwatana Sonchat in the ATP Challenger Series at Dharwad on Saturday.
DHARWAD Oct. 12. Top seed Danai Udomchoke of Thailand, a seasoned professional on the Circuit, achieved a major career goal when he claimed his maiden Challenger title, beating third seed Yeu Tzuoo Wang of Chinese Taipei in the singles final of the $ 25,000 ATP Challenger tennis championship which concluded at the Dharwad District Tennis Association courts here on Sunday. Udomchoke won 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 in about 75 minutes.
Later, the Ratiwatana brothers from Thailand — Sanchai and Sonchat — made it a special Thai day, when they defeated the top-seeded Prakash Amritraj and Rik de Voest in the doubles final 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
For the Sunday crowd, it was a disappointing finale to the weeklong tennis extravaganza as the title contenders were tentative in their approach and made a lot of unforced errors.
The tie, after an absorbing first set which saw fortunes fluctuate, became a lopsided affair as Wang, who had bouts of nausea, simply went through the motions in the second set.
For someone who had countered the power of Prakash Amritraj effectively in the semifinals, Wang looked off-colour and though there were sparks of brilliance when he hit some superb volleys and fired a couple of aces, the game generally dipped as he was unable to hold on to his serve and made a hash of his returns from the backcourt often.
Udomchoke, at 184, was the biggest gun in this field. More than power, his strength was his solid baseline game. And Udomchoke is someone who can play for hours, at a sedate pace, without losing focus. However, the Thai too was unable to match the occasion, as he struggled with his returns and was forced to several deuces on his serves. Once he took the first set tiebreaker, his level of confidence soared.
The two players broke each other in what became a predictable pattern in the first set and Udomchoke went up 5-4 with a break in the ninth game. But he was unable to drive home the advantage when he promptly dropped his serve in the 10th with a doublefault.
In the tiebreaker, Udomchoke led 3-0, before Wang made it 5-all. The Taipei teenager then netted two forehands to lose the first set 5-7.
By the end of the first set, Wang looked a spent force as he complained of nausea and sought medical attention. He, however, preferred to continue though his task proved a tough one.
After Udomchoke dropped the first game with a doublefault, Wang failed to capitalise. Given the physical constraints, he resembled a sitting duck when Udomchoke stepped up the pace and began attacking on both flanks with a series of hard-hit winners. Wang just went through the routine as Udomchoke charged to victory, taking the next six games.
The champion later admitted that though he won the title, it wasn't a great match. "I admit it wasn't great, but what is important is that I won a maiden Challenger title, though I have made it to the final on two earlier occasions. I have played Wang before and I knew his style, but I was bit tight and played only about 70 per cent of my capability. The place was noisy and there were distractions with people walking up and down the stands. It was difficult to concentrate, but I finally I made it,'' said Udomchoke.
The doubles final, however, provided an interesting fare. The unseeded Ratiwatana siblings staged a superb rally to beat Prakash and de Voest who were gunning for their second straight title. They looked on course while leading 5-2 in the decider, before the Ratiwatana brothers, playing with splendid coordination, took five games on the trot to seal victory.
The results (prefix indicates seedings):
Singles (final): 1-Danai Udomchoke (Tha) bt 3-Yeu Tzuoo Wang (Tpe) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.
Doubles: Sanchai/Sonchat Ratiwatana (Tha) bt 1-Prakash Amritraj (Ind)/Rik de Voest (RSA) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
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Udomchoke chokes Wang in title clash
From Prajwal Hegde
DH News Service DHARWAD, Oct 12
Top-seeded Thai Danai Udomchoke won the Dharwad Open ATP Challenger, beating Yeu-Tzuoo Wang 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 in a final that never rose to great heights. The early drama and continuous distractions at courtside didn’t do much for the players concentration. To top that, the 18-year-old Wang, gunning for his second title at this level, complained of nausea midway through the match, after which he virtually threw in the towel.
Just before the start of the match, a section of the stands, which had a few spectators -- adults and children -- and some of the media collapsed. For a few minutes, there was panic and confusion all around but once the people were helped out of the mess and their belongings retrieved, normalcy was restored. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries but this should come as a warning to organisers, who need to understand that all-weather courts by themselves don’t guarantee the success of a tennis tournament.
The players had complaints galore after the first event, which was held in Tumkur last week. While the Dharwad Challenger was a much better effort in terms of infrastructure, there was a lot left undone in terms of organisation.
The stand which collapsed was a temporary addition to the permanent structure. It held up for the first few days only because there weren’t too many spectators. Today, the stands were packed, it couldn’t take the load and so collapsed.
It was a poor start to the final day’s proceedings, which never quite took off. The start was delayed by 30 minutes. To add to that the constant movement in the stands, and cell phones ringing all over the court ensured the players couldn’t quite get on with their games. Wang was broken in the first game itself when he sent a forehand long. The teenager from Teipei, however, broke back in the very next game.
Udomchoke, ranked 184 in the world, and Wang, 210, are similar type of players in that both play waiting games. Neither has a destructive serve and their greatest strength is consistency. Today, given that he wasn’t in the best of physical condition, Wang tried to force the pace. Hitting close to the lines, he was always on the lookout for winners. The teenager, however, couldn’t nail it as often as he wanted to. It wasn’t the best of days for Udomchoke either. The Thai number two, looking for his first Challenger title after coming up short in two earlier finals, was unsettled by the constant movement in the stands and continually looked at the chair umpire to restore order.
The two continued to trade breaks. In an otherwise mediocre final, it was the Udomchoke backhand, a single-fisted shot of rare beauty, that stood out. In the tie-break, Wang took the early lead with a two-fisted backhand down the line. The Thai responded by pulling ahead to 4-2 before Wang sent down an ace to take a 5-4 lead. Udomchoke then won the last three points and the set.
After the tie-break, Wang called the trainer on court and complained of nausea. Though he won the first game of the second set, breaking Udomchoke, who made a series of routine errors Wang wasn’t in the contest after that. He simply sprayed the ball all over the court and at matchpoint in the seventh game he clobbered the ball long to bring the curtains down on his challenge.
“I have played him three times before today. He won the first two times and I won the last time, which was earlier this year,” Udomchoke explained. “I knew what to expect from him. He doesn’t make mistakes and is a tough player to beat. All the distractions around the court also made it more difficult. I had to focus hard for my win today.”
Udomchoke was richer by $3600 and 50 points after Sunday’s win while Wang had to settle for $2120 and 35 points.
PRAKASH-DE VOEST FALL: The Ratiwatana twins -- Sonchat and Sonchai -- completed a good day for Thailand when they won the doubles title beating top-seeds India’s Prakash Amritraj and South African Rik De Voest. The Thai pair, who came through the qualifiers, won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
In the decider, Prakash and De Voest led 5-2 but couldn’t hold off their opponents, who in a spirited performance fought off two matchpoints in the ninth game and won five games in a row to take the title.
The winners took home $775 each and 50 points while the Indo-South-African pair earned $450 each and 35 points for their week’s effort. State Chief Secretary B S Patil gave away the prizes.