Top Taiwanese men’s tennis player Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) clinched his second ATP Tour doubles title at the Thailand Open yesterday.
Lu and his partner, Danai Udomchoke of Thailand, defeated fourth seeds Eric Butorac of the US and Australia’s Paul Hanley 6-3, 6-4 in Bangkok. The 29-year-old Taiwanese and his partner needed just 1 hour, 13 minutes to wrap up the match and the pair won a shared US$30,220 in prize money, earning 250 points in the doubles rankings.
Lu, ranked world No. 65 in the singles category, won his first doubles title with Rainer Schuettler of Germany in India in 2005.
“I was at my happiest moment during match point, because I’ve always dreamed of holding a Thailand Open trophy in the 10 years I’ve played the tournament,” Udomchoke told the ATP Tour Web site. “I feel very proud of having done it today.”
“I feel very happy, there’s no reason to be upset at all. I’m very happy for Danai [Udomchoke] to win on his home ground,” Lu said. “I don’t know how I can explain how I feel, I’m just very happy and I appreciate playing with my friend. This is another experience we go through as friends and I’m happy.”
Lu and Udomchoke clinched the opening set in 34 minutes after just one break of serve. The Taiwanese-Thai duo repeated the trick in the second set to close out the victory.
“Early on, I felt my serve was very confident and that took the pressure off, because our strategy was to break them [Butorac and Hanley] early in the match,” Udomchoke said. “Tennis is never a sure thing — anything can happen within a few games, so it was important we kept our cool and concentration.”