Khromacheva crowned in Perth
Russian Irina Khromacheva has defeated Jaimee Fourlis and Maddison Inglis on the way to the first ITF $25,000 title in Perth.
After knocking out local favourite Maddison Inglis at the semifinal stage, Russian Irina Khromacheva has gone one better, taking the Perth Tennis International #1 title on Sunday with a straight sets defeat of Brit Katy Dunne.
Khromacheva, 22, has had a solid 12 months, winning two Australian Pro Tour titles and reaching the semifinals at four ITF Pro Circuit events. Last week she reached the semifinal in Launceston before being forced to retire due to the heat.
“I still came here feeling pretty good,” the second seed said. “It’s very nice to win another title. I’m happy about that.”
“I tried to concentrate on every part of my game,” Khromacheva, the world No.188 said of her focus this week in Perth. “I wanted to stay aggressive and play point by point.”
The Russian was dominant in the final against Dunne, winning the match 6-2 6-3 in just 76 minutes.
“We’re close to the same age, but we’ve never played each other before,” she said. “I just played my game and I’m very happy it worked out.”
West Australian wildcard Inglis was impressive on home soil this week, reaching an ITF $25,000 semifinal for the first time before being eliminated by Khromacheva. The highest ranked Australian player in the draw, Jaimee Fourlis, who returned to Perth having won the event as a qualifier two years ago, fell to the Russian in the previous round.
As attention turns to the Perth Tennis International #2 next week, Khromachava could be forgiven for eyeing off back-to-back titles, but she has her feet firmly planted on the ground.
“Match by match and we’ll see what happens. I’ll try to stay healthy and I cannot ask for more than that.”
In an all-Aussie final, the doubles title was won in dramatic circumstances by second seeds Jessica Moore and Ellen Perez, who were staring down the barrel of two match points down 9-7 in the deciding match tiebreaker against Olivia Tjandramulia and Belinda Woolcock when Woolcock leapt for a high volley, only to fall awkwardly and suffer a disastrous knee injury. Unable to continue, the pair conceded the match.