February 12 (UNI, PTI)- Top -seeded Kiran Peshawaria emerged as the women's champion in the Asian
Tennis Tournament defeating the No.2 seed Susan Das 6-2, 6-0 here today.
Susan was unable to find her touch against the brilliant all-court game of
Kiran began in right earnest. After keeping her service she broke through in
the very second game to lead 2-0. She again had another break through in the eighth game and won
easily at 6-2.
In the second set she broke through in the second game and after that Susan
hardly put up any fight. She failed to keep even one service .
It was only in the first set that Susan tried to battle it out. Kiran, more
experienced and playing well controlled strokes made Susan run from end to end. Susan also missed
some simple placements and on most occasions she was hitting the ball directly to Kiran instead of
varying the direction.
The Amrithraj brothers, Anand and Vijay, established themselves as the nation's
top pair today by beating the top-seeded Davis Cup pair of Premjit Lall and Jaideep Mukherjee in a
thrilling four-set-per in an hour and a half.
| Anand and Vijay had beaten Lall and Jaideep earlier as well as Lall and Krishnan.
They could have won in straight games today but for some infirm and indecisive strokes by Anand
who was brilliant and erratic in patches.
Vijay and Anand, having broken through the initial services of both Lall and
Mukherjee in the first set, were leading 3-0. They became overconfident and that was responsible
for the set going to the tie-breaker. Vijay Amritraj also looks well set for a double as he should
be able to repeat his recent success over Jaideep at Indore in the singles final.
Kiran Peshawaria is another player with a good chance for a double. She is in
mixed doubles final and may clinch the title.
Rekha Dube and Udey Kumar took the women's doubles title defeating Susan Das
and Shobha Pawar in three sets. This was a rather poor match in which steadiness of Rekha and Uday
was best of the four players, and played some good ground strokes.