Zhang Ling captures Hong Kong ITF Women's Circuit title


Top-seeded world No. 503 Zhang Ling conjured a flying start and took the opening five games before she posted a 6-1, 6-3, victory against Japanese qualifier Kumi So to win the US$15,000 Hong Kong ITF Women's Circuit title.


In doing so, the twenty-seven-year-old bagged her thirteenth singles title on the pro circuit, and the first since 2014.


"This title means a lot to me. I've won twelve in my career so far, but none of them here in Hong Kong. I'm just happy that I can win our own tournament and win one for Hong Kong, so to speak," said Zhang Ling.


"I got a lot of support from the local fans and they really gave me great motivation to do well," she added.


A fortnight ago, she was also a finalist at the US$15,000 event in Anning, China where she was beaten by first-time titlist, Eudice Chong, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, on indoor clay.


In Saturday's finale, Zhang Ling set the tone early and jumped out to a 5-0 lead against unranked qualifier, Kumi So, who upset number two seed, Eudice Chong, in the first round, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.


After securing the opener, 6-1, the top seed was on the move again, breaking the Japanese in the first game of the second set before consolidating for a 2-0 advantage.


Games then went with serve until the ninth game when Zhang Ling produced another break to end the contest, 6-1, 6-3.


In the doubles, local pairings Eudice Chong/Katherine Ip and Zhang Ling/Ng Kwan Yau were stopped short of a finals berth, as both teams were eliminated in the semis courtesy of a third set super-tiebreak against Akari Inoue/Michika Ozeki and Sari Baba/Sheng Yuqi respectively.


Inoue/Ozeki, the No. 1 seed, beat Baba/Sheng in the final, 6-4, 6-2.


Earlier, three US$15,000 men's pro circuit events also took place at Victoria Park.


At the Hong Kong F1 Futures, which took place from June 26-July 1, fourth seed He Yecong defeated Yuki Mochizuki, 6-2, 6-3, while the doubles title went to the 2nd-seeded Indo-Filipino combo of Francis Alcantara and Karunuday Singh, who beat Japan's Tomohiro Masabayashi and Yuki Mochizuki, 6-3, 4-6, [11-9], in the final.


Jack Wong managed to progress to the quarterfinals before he went down against the eventual champion from China, 6-3, 7-5.


At the Sony Hong Kong F2 Futures the following week, nineteen-year-old Yuki Mochizuki saved all seven break points he faced in the final to beat Australian Jacob Grills, 7-5, 6-1, to capture his maiden pro circuit singles title. 


Japanese third seed Soichiro Moritani and Masato Shiga saw off compatriots Shintaro Imai and Arata Onozawa, 7-6(5), 6-0, to lift the doubles.Presiding over the prize presentation ceremony was Sony Corporation of Hong Kong Limited's Head of Marketing Communications, Miss Simois Ng


The best local showing was produced by Kevin Wong, who upset No. 4 seed Masato Shiga and No. 5 Evan Song, before he came away second best against Grills in the semifinals, 7-6(5), 6-2. Wong served for the opener with two set points in hand but could not convert.


Kevin Wong and Jackie Tang then made it to the semis of the doubles before they bowed out to the eventual champions, 7-6(4), 6-4.


In the third week, Japanese second seed Shintaro Imai defeated Jacob Grills, 7-6(6), 6-3, to win the Sony Hong Kong F3 Futures title.  The doubles went to Takuto Niki and Shintaro Imai, who defeated Jack Wong and Brian Yeung, 7-5, 6-2, in the final. Presiding over the prize presentation ceremony was Sony Corporation of Hong Kong Limited's Manager of Marketing Communications, Mr. Kevin Ho.


Up next for Zhang Ling, Katherine Ip, Ng Kwan Yau, Eudice Chong, Kevin Wong, Jack Wong, Jackie Tang, and Brian Yeung is the All China Games individual events in Tianjin.




US$15,000 Hong Kong ITF Women's Circuit
Victoria Park Tennis Stadium
July 24-29, 2017

Women's Singles

First Round
(1)Zhang Ling (HKG) d. (q)Ai Kamiyoshihara (JPN) 6-4 2-0 Retired

Second Round
(1)Zhang Ling (HKG) d. (WC)Venia Yeung (HKG) 6-1 6-1

(1)Zhang Ling (HKG) d. Sheng Yuqi (CHN) 6-2 6-0

(1)Zhang Ling (HKG) d. Kanika Vaidya (IND) 6-2 6-0

(1)Zhang Ling (HKG) d. (q)Kumi So (JPN) 6-1 6-3


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