Dalila Jakupovic (Slovenia)
AURANGABAD, INDIA: Slovenian 20-year-old Dalila Jakupovic was a two-time champion as she claimed both the singles and doubles titles. As top seed she out fought the second seeded Peangtarn Plipuech of Thailand to win the singles final at the Endurance –MSLTA $10000 ITF Women’s Championships which concluded at the Endurance MSLTA Marathwada Tennis Centre on Saturday. Some aggressive play was needed to record the 64 75 victory in 1 hour and 45 minutes to win her maiden ITF Pro Circuit title. Jakupovic won the doubles title the previous day with Germany's Sarah-Rebecca Sekulic of Germany.
In the first set of the singles final the 403-ranked Slovenian, who now lives in Switzerland, broke Plipuech ranked 453 in the tenth game of the first set. After trading four service games in the second set, Jakupovic then broke again in the 12th game of the second set to wrap up the match.
After her match, an elated Jakupovic said: “I’m thrilled to win the first [singles] title of my life, I will remember my win at Aurangabad throughout my life.” She went on to add: “I like it here and played good tennis the entire week and hope to win as many matches as I can this year.”
It is the second year in a row that a Thai player had to be content with a runner-up finish. In the 2011 singles final Vlada Ekshibarova of Uzbekistan outplayed Thailand's fourth seeded Varatchaya Wongteanchai for the title.
The prizes were presented by Ms. Ekta Bishnoi, Jt Commissioner IT and Mr. Ramesh Giani VP Endurance Technologies.