Manila 2 Satellite: Chuang completes ITF sweep
Source: Manila Bulletin
Chuang completes ITF sweep<br />
Chuang completes ITF sweep<br />Taiwanese Chuang Chia-Jung showed her determination to play in next year's Asian Games after sweeping all four titles in the ITF-Union Cement Philippine Women's Circuit yesterday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.<br />Only 16, Chuang stamped her class over Thai Praviyawan Ratanakrong, 6-0, 6-1, to win her second singles title and later teamed up with Weng Tzu-ting to win her second doubles title over Korean qualifiers Ha Ji-Sun and Shin Mi-Ran, 6-0, 6-3.
“I’m very happy. I wasn’t expecting to win all four titles,’’ said Kaoshiung-based Chuang, who pocketed the first leg singles title over Fil-American Diane Matias, 6-2, 6-1. In the doubles, she and Weng defeated second seeds Khoo Chin Bee of Malaysia and Chao Hsio-Han of Chinese Taipei, 6-4, 6-4.
Chuang, winner of the 1999 Brunei Juniors tournament, just played her usual game and needed only 45 minutes to beat Ratanakrong, Thailand’s No. 4 player.
“ I don’t know what happened to her game. I think she (Ratanakrong) didn’t play well,’’ said Chuang, ranked No. 948 in the world.
Ratanakrong, 17, admitted that she wasn’t in her best form as she is nursing a pulled abdominal muscle.
“I had this injury since I was 14 so I don’t want to make an excuse for losing in the finals. Chuang is a very good player, she has a big serve. I was even lucky to reach the finals despite this injury,’’ said Ratanakrong, who reached her first circuit finals this year. She was a quarterfinalist in Israel, India and Thailand tournaments.
Counting her title victories in the first leg, Chuang earned a total of US$3,850 and 15 WTA points in this event, supported by the ITF Grand Slam Development Fund, PSC, Traders Hotel, Viva Mineral Water and official ball Wilson.
“I hope I can come back and defend my titles next year, I enjoyed my stay here in the Philippines,’’ said Chuang, who will fly back to Chinese Taipei for a two-week rest before she competes in a junior tournament in India.
Chuang, the No. 5 player back home, dreams of competing in the 2002 Pusan Games where Chinese Taipei will defend the women’s team title. Weng, her doubles partners and currently No. 3, was in the team that won the gold in Bangkok four years ago.
“There will be a selection for the composition of the team in the Asian Games and hopefully with my performance in this tournament, I will improve my game and be lucky to be chosen to play in the Asian Games,’’ said Chuang.