24 Sep 2009

Qualifier sees off No. 1 seed in Thailand


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By  Nick Fishpool

Britain’s Jamie Baker collected his eighth career singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit last week with victory in the final of Thailand F3. Played in Nonthaburi, the third consecutive tournament held here, Baker defeated the No. 1 seed, Daniel King-Turner from New Zealand, 64 64. Going into the final, King-Turner had yet to drop a set before this surprising straight sets defeat to the British qualifier and he now goes on to represent New Zealand in Davis Cup action next week.

Baker’s triumph, coming in his first final of 2009, means he has now won the last three finals in which he has featured and in contrast, King-Turner has now lost his last three finals.

The doubles event saw the title go to the Chinese Taipei No. 1 seeds Hsin-Han Lee & Tsung-Hua Yang. A very close 76(4) 64 win over Indonesia’s Ketus-Nesa Arta & Christopher Rungkat brought them their third title from four finals in 2009. In total they have now contested eight finals, winning the title on four occasions.

ITF Pro Circuit will return to Thailand at the beginning of October for another three tournament series which will take in Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima and once again, Nonthaburi.



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