Mumbai: Unseeded Isha Lakhani stormed into the women’s singles final with a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win over Montinee Tangphong of Thailand in the $25,000 prize money NSCI-ITF women’s meet here Friday.
She dominated the match which lasted for one hour seven minutes except for a minor hiccup in the third game of the first set when she dropped her serve.
However, she regained her composure and broke back in the very next game to lead 3-2. Lakhani again broke her rival in the eighth game before serving out the set. The Indian, who had served five double faults in the first set, tightened her serve in the second. She returned magnificently forcing errors from the Thai.
Isha broke Tangphong in the very first game of the second set and with a break in the third.
The Thai fought back well and managed to narrow the lead with a break in the fourth game. However, Isha who looked in top form, broke back in the fifth game to go 4-1 up and then held her own on serve. Though Tangpgong held her serve in the seventh, she could not stop the Indian from serving out the match.
In the other semi-final, eighth seed Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan sidelined fourth seed Gabriela Navratilova of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4. (PTI)