Young Goan player Natasha Palha fell short against Chinese Taipei's Pei-Chi Lee, going down in her maiden ITF final on Sunday.
Lee, also playing her first final, won the Ten Sports ITF $10,000 Women’s tournament title defeating the Indian 6-4,6-2 at the RK Khanna Stadium.
Lee was leading 6-4, 1-1, 40-30 on Saturday evening when a dust storm forced the organisers to stop the match. It was rescheduled for Sunday morning and the overcast conditions helped the two finalists who had been battling the Delhi heat throughout the week.
Though Palha lost, the 18-year-old chose to see the brighter side of her performance.
“Lee has a more attacking game and mine was more on the defensive side throughout the match. I think that is one aspect I need to work on,” she said.
Though the match spilled over to the second day, Palha said that she didn't let that put pressure on her. “On Saturday, Lee was making a lot of mistakes but on Sunday she was flawless. Her shots were precise. Looking back, I can always say that playing the match over two days might have put me at a disadvantage, but that would be wrong.”
Palha will be back in action next week in New Delhi for another ITF tournament and hope the momentum stays.