Pune: American Oliver Crawford wins Men’s ITF Championships singles title


Oliver Crawford from America received the $15,000 Men’s ITF Championships singles title on Sunday after defeating Zane Khan.

The match on the Deccan Gymkhana lasted for over an hour. Crawford, whose ATP rank is 576, received the match in straight units. In set one, hitting six aces and breaking Khan within the second and the fourth recreation, Crawford closed the set 6-3. Maintaining the drive and sticking to his recreation plan, Crawford broke Khan thrice in set two, ending 6-0 with an ace.

“I would not say it was an easy match as Zane has played a couple of matches in a row now and I probably think he is tired. I think I caught him on a good day as he was not playing his absolute best. I tried to stick to my game plan of playing pretty aggressively, to hit hard in the middle of the court and it worked out pretty well in the end,” Crawford, who trains at LTP Tennis Academy, mentioned.

When requested as to what his plans are, he mentioned he’s planning to go to Agra to go to the Taj Mahal earlier than going to New Delhi for the subsequent spherical of ITF.

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Khan, who had received the earlier legs of ITF held in Lucknow and Indore, mentioned fatigue acquired to him and he was not in a position to struggle again. “It was not one of my best matches, but I did the best I could. I was probably just tired,” he added.




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