Chun-hsin Tseng beats Borna Gojo to win Bengaluru Open

Chinese Taipei’s Chun-hsin Tseng beats Croatian qualifier Borna Gojo 6-4, 7-5 in the final on Sunday to win his second-ever Challenger title.

Moment to savour: Chinese Taipei’s Chun-hsin Tseng with his trophy.   -  Sudhakara Jain

Chinese Taipei’s Chun-hsin Tseng shrugged off a mid-match blip to beat Croatian qualifier Borna Gojo 6-4, 7-5 to clinch the Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger tournament, on Sunday.

Up a set and 2-0, Chun-hsin lost five straight games before going on a five-game winning run of his own to secure his second-ever Challenger title. The victory will catapult the 2018 French Open and Wimbledon junior champion up into the 150s, a new career-high world ranking.

“My goal was to be inside the top-150 after these two weeks,” a beaming Chun-hsin said after the triumph. “That meant I had to get a title and make another final. Let’s see what happens next week.”

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Gojo, at 6’5” and a muscular build, had both the height and power to play first-strike tennis. But his serve, on the day, was a loose cannon (six aces to eight double faults) and with a flat stroke he struggled to keep the ball in under high-altitude conditions.

Chun-hsin, diminutively built, imparted a lot more spin to keep the rally going and move his opponent around. A break in the fifth game was enough to gain the upper hand and when he broke again in the first game of the second set, the Croatian seemed to have wilted.

Gojo changed shirts even as his uncle sitting in the stands tried to rev up the crowd. The floodlights took effect and the 23-year-old’s level lifted. He restored parity at 2-2 and broke again to 4-2, following up a fine inside-in winner with a crunching backhand return.

But when he was serving for the set at 5-3, two unforced errors and two double faults grounded him. The resistance had snapped and when he sent an easy smash long to hand Chun-hsin a break to 6-5, he had reached a point of no return.

The result
  • Singles (final): Chun-hsin Tseng (Tpe) bt Borna Gojo (Cro) 6-4, 7-5

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