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Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun wins Shanghai Challenger

2012/09/09 21:20:21

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis player Lu Yen-hsun won the men's singles title of the ATP Shanghai Challenger Sunday by defeating Peter Gojowczyk of Germany in straight sets 7-5, 6-0.

Facing Gojowczyk's strong strokes, the top-seeded Lu, who currently ranked 64th in the world, encountered a 0-3 deficit in the first set. But the more experienced Lu quickly pulled the set even at 5-5 and broke his opponent's serve in the 11th game.

The 23-year-old Gojowczyk is now No. 251 in the world.

Lu's older brother Lu Wei-ju told reporters after the match that when the two were tied in the first set, Gojowczyk somehow got into an argument with the Taiwanese tennis star's coaching staff.

Unmoved by the argument, Lu Yen-hsun won a love game to wrap up the set 7-5.

With seven of Gojowczyk's 10 double faults occurring in the second set, Lu swiftly ended the set without giving up any game.

"The championship belongs to the team," the 29-year-old Lu said.

The Shanghai event was Lu's second ATP Challenger win this year. He previously won the Singapore Challenger and is expected to compete to defend his title at Ningbo Challenger, to be held from Sept. 10-16.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Jamie Wang)