India’s Anaka Alankamony claimed her second WSA title when she stunned top seed Kylie Lindsay of New Zealand to win the Ipswich Open in Queensland on Sunday.
The 18-year-old from Chennai took advantage of a string of errors from the world number 39 to win in straight games 11-8, 13-11, 11-5 in hot and humid conditions.
Alankamony had earlier beaten sixth seeded South African Cheyna Tucker in the semi-finals and fourth ranked Christine Nunn in the quarters to complete a weekend of upsets. She settled far quicker than Lindsay in the final and took control in all three games to record a comfortable win.
“It’s been an amazing week for me, I was seventh seed for this tournament so it feels really good to win,” she said. “I had a five-setter in the morning today and yesterday I had a five setter and a four setter, so it was a long day yesterday and today, but I feel really wonderful now.”
Alankamony said she felt at home with the conditions: “I train in Chennai and it’s very humid there and I think it was a big advantage for me because it is a similar climate to over there,” she said. “The climate didn’t really affect me – I really enjoyed playing here.”
Lindsay offered no excuses, saying she just had an off day. “I just really didn’t get into it today, not good,” she said. “I was just a little bit flat and couldn’t get into it, I made too many mistakes and gave her too much to hit. It was hot but I don’t think that had anything to do with it, apart from the bouncy ball, I just wasn’t good enough.”
Alankamony showed enough to suggest she would be a major threat at next week’s Queensland Open in Sandgate. “I’m seventh seed there as well, so I am really confident now,” she said.