Nicha Lertpitaksinchai def. (6/WC) Grace Min: 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 - end of the second set and whole third set
Grace is the absolute definition of a ball-machine type player. Every ground stroke looked the same, her expression never wavered, and she was feeding balls straight into Lertpitaksinchai's wheelhouse all afternoon. I was expecting the Thai to be totally underwhelming today after reading some other impressions of her but she was hitting really well today. Her backhand wasn't nearly as dire as I expected it to be and her forehand was clearly the biggest shot on the court when she had time, which was pretty often. However her serve was mediocre for her height and probably is the only reason this match went three sets to begin with. The third set was total one-way traffic as Lertpitaksinchai stayed calm and collected while Grace's consistency went out the window. She was missing routine shots left and right and throwing in double-faults pretty often as well. The issue is that she wasn't being nearly aggressive enough with these shots to make them at least understandable misses, she was just totally off her game today.
QF: (2)Lertpitaksinchai/Plipuech d. Benamar/Scholl 61 61
In the women's doubles finals, Thailand's Nicha Lertpitaksinchai and Peangtam Plipuech defeated Julia Glushko from Israel and partner Chanel Simmonds from South Africa, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 ,to take home the championship title.
In what was more of a battle of groundstrokes than volleys, Lertpitaksinchai and Plipuech were poised to take the first set off an early break, when Glushko and Simmonds finally broke back to tie it at 5-5. Both teams then held serve to send the first set into a tiebreaker. Aggressive volleys and strong serves proved to be the deciding factor as the team from Thailand edged out Glushko and Simmonds 7-5 in the tiebreak to take the first set.
The second set stayed even and on serve, with Glushko and Plipuech battling it out at the net and Simmons and Lertpitaksinchai stepping up with some big serves.
With Glushko serving at 3-4, a double fault gave Lertpitaksinchai and Plipuech the first service break of the set to lead 5-3. They went on to hold serve to take the match. Lertpitaksinchai said they were very excited to win and really enjoyed the match. Both players hope to come back again next year to defend their title.