Launceston, Tasmania, 3 February 2019 | Asher Packman

Top seed Lloyd Harris has claimed the Neville-Smith Forest Products Launceston International title with a convincing 6-2 6-2 victory over Italian Lorenzo Guistino on Sunday.

The 21-year-old South African did not drop a set throughout the tournament, with the win set to send him into the world’s top 100 for the first time. “I’m happy with the tennis I’ve played and it’s been a successful tournament,” he said.

“I was consistent throughout the week, I focused very well. I was just competing for every point out there and really trying to battle,” he added. “I was making it really difficult for guys to break me, so that was one of the keys.”

“For me, it definitely helps me get one step closer to where I want be, ultimately being a top 100 player consistently.”

After winning his first ATP Challenger title in August last year, he went on to qualify for the US Open, and most recently, was a major qualifier again at the Australian Open. Launceston marks his third ATP Challenger title.

“A lot of physical work, fitness, and trying to get some better agility, also working on my service percentage,” Harris said when asked about his recent success.

Unseeded Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan took out the women’s title after fourth-seeded Russian Irina Khromacheva – who had enjoyed a standout week – was forced to retire after dropping the opening set 7-5 and with the score at 3-3 in the second.

For 19-year-old Rybakina, the current world No.169, the wins seals her sixth ITF World Tennis Tour title.

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