Hingis wins Sunfeast Open

Kolkata, September 25:

Top-seeded Martina Hingis downed first-time finalist Olga Poutchkova of Russia 6-0, 6-4 to win the Sunfeast Open title on Sunday.

Hingis overcame an erratic second-set service to make short work of Poutchkova and secure her second WTA title since coming out from a three-year-retirement last year. Hingis won the Italian Open at Rome in May. Hingis has now won 42 career WTA titles, five of them being Grand Slam singles. Florida-based Poutchkova, 18, showed her nerves in her first WTA final appearance, allowing Hingis to dominate and win the match in 55 minutes. Hingis wrapped up the opening set with service breaks in the second, fourth and sixth games. Poutchkova put up a better show in the second set when she broke Hingis in the third game and went on to lead 3-1 before the former World No 1 bounced back.

Hingis dropped another service point in the ninth game, but broke Poutchkova’s three successive serves in the sixth, eighth and 10th games to seize the title. Hingis said Poutchkova had shown she has promise by making it to the final. Poutchkova said playing Hingis was the biggest moment of her career.

South Africa’s Liezel Huber and Sania Mirza of India, the top-seeded combination, clinched the doubles title, defeating third-seeded Ukraine team of Yulia Beygelzimer and Yuliana Fedak 6-4, 6-0 in the final.