Muhammad takes Burnie title
Arina Rodionova has been denied the ITF $60,000 title in Burnie by American Asia Muhammad.
A rampaging Asia Muhammad has stopped the run of Arina Rodionova with a convincing 6-2 6-1 victory to claim the Caterpillar Burnie International title on Saturday.
The big-hitting American No.4 seed claimed her fourth ITF title in just 65 minutes.
“I played really well today,” she said. “Everything I wanted to do, I did it.
“I knew I had to stay focused because momentum could change any moment. I’m just really happy to get through today.”
While it was the first time the pair had met, they played doubles together during the Australian Pro Tour late last year.
“Arina is a tough competitor,” Muhammad, the current world No.165, said. “She’s very tricky, even some of the points today, her hands were just too good.”
Rodionova, the No.8 seed in Burnie, enjoyed an impressive week upsetting No.2 seed Taylor Townsend and third seed Elizaveta Kulichkova on her way to the final.
A winner in Canberra in 2015 and a finalist in Bendigo last year, Muhammad, now 25, agrees it’s somewhere where she plays her best tennis.
“Yes I do. I really like Australia which is why I keep coming back.”
Earlier in the day, the doubles final was taken out by Japan’s Riko Sawayanagi and Czech Barbora Stefcova. The unseeded pair edged out Canberra’s Alison Bai and Thai Varatchaya Wongteanchai in a match tiebreak 7-6(6) 4-6 [10-7].