DUTCHWOMAN Arantxa Rus successfully defended her crown in the US$25,000 ITF Women’s Circuit following a lop-sided 6-1 6-3 win over American Jacqueline Cako at the True Arena in Hua Hin yesterday.
The left-handed Dutchwoman dominated the 67-minute baseline battle by employing her consistent groundstrokes to win the final showdown for her second title of the season following a win at home in Middelburg on clay.
The 26-year-old player, who hails from a town called Monster near The Hague, has improved her head-to-head-record to 2-0 over the 210th-ranked rival. Last year she also beat Cako in straight sets 6-4 6-4 in the third qualifying round of a WTA event in Seoul.
“I’m really happy to win this again. I have played two years in a row and never lost a match,” said Rus. who seemed to adjust well to the highly humid conditions at the beach resort.
“My game suits this court. You have to rest between points as it’s tough here. I think I will come back again in November,” added Rus, who received US$3,919 prizemoney. Cako, also 26, earned US$2,091 as runner-up.
Rus hopes to return to Hua Hin for the US$125k WTA in the first week of November, two weeks before a US$150,000 ATP Challenger at the same venue.
Both offer the top prizemoney in women’s and men’s tennis events in Thailand this year.
Rus is also the first foreigner to win a US$25,000 event in Thailand in 2017 after Thai No 2 and No 1 Peangtarn Plipuech and Luksika Kumkhum won the first and second series in May and August.