12 Dec 2012

Pavic defeats top three seeds en route to maiden title

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Photo: Dwiari SetyadiINA F4 - Mate Pavic (CRO)

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: The 19-year old Croatian, Mate Pavic, won his first ITF Pro Circuit singles title in Jakarta on Sunday, having battled past three top seeds en route to victory.

Pavic, currently ranked 426 in the world, came back from a set down against Indonesia's Christopher Rungkat in the quarterfinals to win 16 63 76(5) before tackling another three set match in the semifinals against the third seed, Ireland's James McGee, winning 61 36 63. The match experience proved crucial for Pavic in the final, where he faced top seed Brydan Klein from Australia.

Klein came in to the final having lost just ten games in previous rounds and spurred on from his victory in the doubles final with compatriot Dane Propoggia. Pavic, unfazed by Klein's higher ranking or recent victory, took an early lead and closed out the first set. Klein battled back, taking the second set to level up the score line. In a tough third set, Pavic eventually sealed the match 64 67(2) 76(5).

This is Pavic's maiden singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit. Having reached a doubles career high ranking of 130 this year, Pavic will be looking to build upon his recent success in 2013.

In the Women's event, Jia-Jing Lu from China progressed in straight sets through to the final, where she faced the home favourite and second seed Ayu-Fani Damayanti. Damayanti took the early lead, racing to claim the first set, in which Lu managed to win just one game. The momentum quickly changed in the second set and Lu went on to lift the trophy, with a 16 64 75 win. Damayanti did not leave Jakarta empty-handed, having beaten Lu and her twin sister Jia Xiang in the final alongside fellow compatriot, Lavinia Tananta, 63 67(9) [10-6].