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Old May 4th, 2008, 02:44 PM   #25
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Re: "Nok" Noppawan Lertcheewakarn Cheering thread



BALIKPAPAN Indonesia May 04, 2008
Thailand rising stars Noppawan Lertcheewakarn(WTA-691) became the first Thai junior to win a 25,000-dollar ITF challenger title after defeating India's second-seeded Isha Lakhani(ITF-335) in the singles final of the US$25,000 BPD Kaltim International Open at Balikpapan Tennis Stadium in Indonesia earlier today.

The Thai 16-year-old from Chiangmai overwhelmed Indian second seed in staright sets 6-3, 6-2, to claim her maiden career title.

Currently ranked WTA world No.691, Noppawan, who will not celebrate her 17th birthday until November, extended her winning streak going to 21-0 after playing four tournaments in two month. In less than ten pro circuit events entered since 2007, the Chiangmai teenager has already won two doubles titles, finished runner-up two time in singles last year at the 10K Jakarta and Bangkok.

In junior, Noppawan became the first Thai women after Montinee Tangphong(career-high at No.20th in 19 May 2003), to reach a career-high at No.4 on the ITF World Junior rankings after capturing three consecutive ITF junior titles. The first and second title came at G1 Sarawak and G1 Manila in March 2008 and captured the third trophy in GB1 India in April 2008.

" This is the biggest win for me. My next goal is to win a US$50,000 event or bigger. But I won't hurry and will take one step at a time. " said The Thai junior world No.4 who is now working with her new temporary coach Khun Rung-rit Takong.

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BPD Kaltim International Open 2008
Balikpapan, INA, Prize money : US$25,000
Site : Balikpapan Tennis Stadium
Draw 32M/64Q/16D: Surface : Hardcourts/Outdoors
28 April - 04 May 2008

First round
1-GUMULYA, Sandy (INA) d. KITAZAKI, Etsuko (JPN) 64 63
Q-SHAO, Shi-Tong (CHN) d. MALOO, Parija (IND) 63 76(2)
HOFMANOVA, Nikola (AUT) d. Q-TAIRA, Tomoko (JPN) 64 76(1)
8-LIANG, Chen (CHN) d. Q-ANDRIYANI, Liza (INA) 46 62 64

TANANTA, Lavinia (INA) d. 4-CHEN, Yan-Chong (CHN) 36 63 63
LERTCHEEWAKARN, Noppawan (THA) d. WC-GUMULYA, Beatrice (INA) 63 75
HAO, Jie (CHN) d. Q-SACCA, Mia (INA) 64 61
5-SUGANO, Tomoko (JPN) d. POLUNINA, Katerina (UKR) 61 60

6-CHAE, Kyung-Yee (KOR) d. Q-KAWATOKO, Moe (JPN) 61 67(6) 62
Q-CHERNYAKOVA, Elena (RUS) d. MCDOWELL, Shayna (AUS) 62 61
ROMPIES, Jessy (INA) d. Q-VANO, Kairangi (NZL) 75 26 61
LL-Margarita EDINAROVA (RUS) d. PAJALIC, Petra (SLO) 62 46 64

WC-DAMAYANTI, Ayu-Fani (INA) d. 7-OKA, Ayumi (JPN) 75 75
WC-BUDIHARTO, Lutfiana-Aris (INA) d. WC-YSIDORA, Grace Sari (INA) 76(5) 61
BARR, Cassandra (AUS) d. Q-SEKINE, Kei (JPN) 76(6) 46 64
2-LAKHANI, Isha (IND) d. LIU, Shaozhuo (CHN) 64 64

Second round
1-GUMULYA, Sandy (INA) d. Q-SHAO, Shi-Tong (CHN) 63 61
8-LIANG, Chen (CHN) d. HOFMANOVA, Nikola (AUT) 64 61
LERTCHEEWAKARN, Noppawan (THA) d. TANANTA, Lavinia (INA) 63 63
HAO, Jie (CHN) d. 5-SUGANO, Tomoko (JPN) 62 60

Q-CHERNYAKOVA, Elena (RUS) d. 6-CHAE, Kyung-Yee (KOR) 61 62
ROMPIES, Jessy (INA) d. LL-Margarita EDINAROVA (RUS) 46 60 64
WC-DAMAYANTI, Ayu-Fani (INA) d. WC-BUDIHARTO, Lutfiana-Aris (INA) 46 64 76(0)
2-LAKHANI, Isha (IND) d. BARR, Cassandra (AUS) 61 64

QF
1-GUMULYA, Sandy (INA) d. 8-LIANG, Chen (CHN) 61 60
LERTCHEEWAKARN, Noppawan (THA) d. HAO, Jie (CHN) 76(1) 63

Q-CHERNYAKOVA, Elena (RUS) d. ROMPIES, Jessy (INA) 36 63 62
2-LAKHANI, Isha (IND) d. WC-DAMAYANTI, Ayu-Fani (INA) 64 46 64

SF
LERTCHEEWAKARN, Noppawan (THA) d. 1-GUMULYA, Sandy (INA)46 62 62
2-LAKHANI, Isha (IND) d. Q-CHERNYAKOVA, Elena (RUS) W/O ( sick )

Final
LERTCHEEWAKARN, Noppawan (THA) d. 2-LAKHANI, Isha (IND) 63 62
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