Muhammad takes out Canberra title
American Asia Muhammad has won the biggest title of her career with victory at the Canberra Tennis International on Sunday.
Asia Muhammad has won the 2015 Canberra Tennis International women’s title with a straight sets 6-4 6-3 victory over second seed Eri Hozumi on Sunday.
The win represents the first $50,000-level title for the 24-year-old American, who has been in strong form since arriving in Australia for the Pro Tour.
“It feels amazing,” Muhammad said. “There’s something about Australia that I just love. I don’t know if it’s because of my coach (Aussie expat Tim Blenkiron) or that I’m just really excited to be here.”
The big-hitting Muhammad controlled her opponent in the final, her ability to dominate rallies getting the better of the Japanese 21-year-old.
“At times I kind of overpowered her so that helped me out a lot,” Muhammad said. “I also knew if I mixed it up a little she wouldn’t really like that.
“I feel like I’m an awkward player but also very aggressive. Usually, if things are going smoothly, I want to hit big serves and attack with my forehand.”
In Saturday’s semifinal, Muhammad reversed her recent loss to Queensland’s Kimberly Birrell, taking out the talented teenager in a close three-set affair after squandering match points in the second.
“That was a really mental match for me. She came back and beat me in Brisbane and here she came back again. Some negative thoughts definitely came into my head but I managed to push them out,” she said.
Muhammad and Hozumi also squared off in the doubles final but this time it was the Japanese who claimed the title; pairing with compatriot Misa Eguchi, the top seeds defeated Muhammad and Lauren Embree in a titanic battle, 7-6(13) 1-6 [14-12].