|Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
|Sun Bei Bei Relentless as she Wins her first Women’s Singles ITTF Pro Tour Crown |
||Top seed Sun Bei Bei won the Women’s Singles title at the Indian Open in New Delhi on Sunday 11th February 2007 beating the host nation’s leading female player in the final, Poulomi Ghatak.|
The fast close to the table attacking style of play adopted by the Singapore player dominated matters from start to finish. She won in straight games 11-8, 11-2, 11-8, 11-3.
It was the first time that the two players had met in a World Ranking event.
|Sun Bei Bei senses victory in the Women's Singles final in New Delhi|
Disappointment for Poulomi Ghatak but it was her best ever performance on the ITTF Pro Tour and arguably her best ever effort in an international event.
She has been a regular member of the national team having represented India consistently throughout the past decade at World Championships. She made her debut in 1997 in Manchester and was present in 1999 in Eindhoven, in 2000 in Kuala Lumpur whilst also being on duty in Doha in 2004 and in Bremen in 2006.
The best performance in Women’s Singles events came in 1007 in Manchester when she qualified for the main draw.
Meanwhile, she qualified for the Women’s Singles event at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and was a quarter-finalist in the Women’s Singles competition at the Commonwealth Championships in 2004.
However, against Sun Bei Bei life was tough. The young lady from Singapore attacked quickly from both wings and never allowed the Indian star to settle.
A vital member of the Singapore team that gained silver in the Women’s Team event at the Asian Games in Doha in December 2006, Sun Bei Bei was relentless.
She had her eyes focused clearly on gold and she never wavered from her avowed goal; she was the dominant player throughout the whole of the Women’s Singles event and gained the somewhat rare distinction of winning with the loss of a single game at any stage of the event.
In New Delhi Sun Bei Bei won, she won in style and she won her first ever Women’s Singles title on the ITTF Pro Tour.