Fifth seed Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand came back from a set down to defeat unseeded Irina Khromacheva of Russia in the final of the L&T Mumbai Open tennis tournament here on Sunday.
Kumkhum showed great fight to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 at the Cricket Club of India’s hard courts.
Earlier in the semifinals, Khromachava stunned second seed Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia 6-4, 7-5 while Kumkhum beat sixth-seeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan 6-2, 6-4.
Left-handed Irina was trailing 0-3 in both the sets after dropping here serve but came out with some after dropping her serve but came out with some clever play to upset the rhythm of Dalila, ranked 73rd and the runner-up to Aryna Sabaleka of Belarus last year in the $125,000 WTA event.
Irina, who was ranked 165 going into the tournament, slowed down the pace of the rallies consistently to upset the rhythm of her higher-ranked rival and won the match in an hour and 30 minutes.
The 23-year-old, Moscow-born Irina thus made it 2-1 in head to head encounters between the two players.
From Online Sources