$15,000 Salisbury, AUS - wc 17 February 2014 - Su Jeong Jang (KOR)
SALISBURY, AUSTRALIA: Sunday saw the 2014 City of Salisbury Tennis International singles final played in perfect conditions at the Salisbury Recreation Precinct.
The finalists were decided after some upsets on semifinal day, with unseeded player Yafan Wang (CHN) defeating number one seed Misa Eguchi (JPN) 26 63 61 and fifth seed Su Jeong Jang (KOR) defeating number two seed Hiroko Kuwata (JPN) 62 63.
In an exciting match, Jang won the first set of the final with the loss of three games. Wang then fought back and raced ahead in the second set before a momentum change saw Jang take it to a tiebreak and win the championship in straight sets, 63 76(6).
In an exciting prelude to the final, a MLC Tennis Hot Shots Community Play Gala Day was hosted on site, with around 30 children attending to have a go at modified tennis and test their fastest serve on the speed serve. Children then lined up prior to the final and formed a guard of honour for the players.
"After eight days of play, it was great to have such an entertaining and close final between Su Jeong and Yafan," said Breanna Hassam, City of Salisbury Tennis International Tournament Director.
"Our congratulations to the staff and officials who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to put this tournament together," added Hassam.
Jang had a successful week in Salisbury, also making her way to the doubles final played in a twilight match on Friday. Jang combined with So-Ra Lee (KOR), but they were defeated by formidable Japanese duo, Eguchi and Miki Miyamura 62 62 in an entertaining match.