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Ouyang champion

sports Updated: May 30, 2010 23:18 IST
Siddhanth Aney
Siddhanth Aney
Hindustan Times
Asian Junior Tennis Championships

Till the final day of the Asian Junior Tennis Championships, things had gone largely to plan at the RK Khanna Tennis Complex.

In the boys' singles, in particular, there was little deviation from the script, with the top two seeds making it to the final. Chuhan Wang (1) and Bowen Ouyang (2) had ensured a Chinese champion, and they gave the crowd a fitting finale.

Ouyang, tall and elegant, got off to a great start, running off to a 5-0 lead in the first set. He broke Wang twice and wrapped up the set 6-1.

The hard-hitting Wang found his rythmn in the second. The players traded breaks in the first two games, after which Wang began to take control. He opened up a 3-1 lead with some impressive hitting from the baseline and took the set 6-3.

A forced ten-minute break showed that there were still teething troubles at the venue. The power supply failed, which led to a noisy generator being put into action to fire up the floodlights, but even the generator went off and play had to be halted.

Whether the break broke his momentum, only Wang would know, but Ouyang certainly looked like he benefited from it. Games went with serve until the sixth when Ouyang broke Wang to take a 4-2 lead.

Despite the heat, the players made each other work, and neither stopped chasing down the balls. Ouyang didn't look back after getting the break, and went on to notch up his second tournament win in as many weeks in Delhi, and his second successive final win over Wang.

Delhi has clearly been a happy hunting ground for the elegant southpaw.

In the girls' section, second seed Ran Tian of China faced Japanese ninth seed Miho Kowase in the final. It was Kowase who looked stronger from the start. She took the first set with ease, 6-1. The second set was closer, going to a tiebreak at 6-6. Tian put up a fight but Kowase proved stronger, winning the tiebreak 7-4.