Tennis: Singapore's Stefanie Tan wins ITF singles and doubles title

Stefanie Tan won the doubles title at the Baku Cup Futures 3 tournament, on June 10, 2016.
Stefanie Tan won the doubles title at the Baku Cup Futures 3 tournament, on June 10, 2016.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - The Republic's No. 1 tennis player Stefanie Tan's red-hot form continues as she won the doubles title at the Baku Cup Futures 3 tournament on Friday (June 10).

The 23-year-old partnered Kazakhstan's Kamila Kerimbayeva to defeat Ukrainian pair Katya Malikova and Angelina Shakhraychuk 6-2, 6-3 at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) US$10,000 (S$13,500) event, the lowest tier in the women's professional circuit, held on the outdoor hard courts of the Baku Tennis Academy in Azerbaijan's capital city.

The Singaporean won her only previous doubles title in 2014 at an ITF US$10,000 tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, where she was based in from 2011 to last year while playing for Texas Christian University on the NCAA circuit.

Her latest success comes just days after she won her first ITF professional singles title at the Baku Cup Futures 2 tournament on Sunday (June 5).

When Tan was playing in the juniors, she won one singles and five doubles titles from 2007 to 2010. She also represented Singapore at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

The qualifier was so dominant last week that she dropped just 13 games without losing a set en route to victory. Appearing in her first singles final, she thrashed Russia's Valeriya Zeleva 6-1, 6-0.

The last Singaporean player to win a singles title on the ITF circuit is Beier Ko in 2002.

Even though Tan's seven-game winning streak ended on Thursday (June 9), she has already racked up a 13-4 win-loss singles record this year, including three victories while representing the Republic in the Fed Cup Group II Asia/Oceania competition in April.