Pranjala Yadlapalli wins $25,000 title in Lagos

It was the second singles title for the 19-year-old Pranjala, who has won two $25,000 doubles titles with Rutuja Bhosale this season.

Pranjala Yadlapalli has won two $25,000 doubles titles with Rutuja Bhosale this season.   -  Getty Images

Sixth seed Pranjala Yadlapalli recovered from the brink of defeat to beat the 144th ranked top seed Conny Perrin of Switzerland 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the final of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Lagos, Nigeria, on Saturday.

It was the second singles title for the 19-year-old Pranjala, who has won two $25,000 doubles titles this season with Rutuja Bhosale this season. Pranjala has six doubles titles in all.

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After the tough start, Pranjala turned the match around despite trailing 0-40 on her serve at 5-5 in the second set. From there, she won nine of 10 points to clinch the set.

In the decider, Pranjala faced a breakpoint in the fifth game, but conceded only eight points in all to the 27-year-old Swiss player who has a dozen singles titles to her credit in the professional circuit.

Pranjala had not dropped a set in the first four rounds, and regained her composure nicely in the final to assert her supremacy.

In the Challenger in Mexico, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in partnership with Marcelo Arevalo of Mexico, made the doubles final. Jeevan may face top seeds Leander Paes and partner Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela of Mexico who were scheduled to face the Aussies, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Matt Reid in the semifinals.
 

The results:

$150,000 Challenger men, Monterrey, Mexico

Doubles (semifinals): Marcelo Arevalo (Mex) & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Andre Begemann (Ger) & Filip Polasek (Svk) 6-3, 7-6(9).

$25,000 ITF women, Lagos, Nigeria

Singles (final): Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Conny Perrin (Sui) 2-6, 7-5, 6-0.