Rogowska and Ebden claim Apis Canberra International titles

Olivia Rogowska (VIC) and Matthew Ebden (WA) have taken out the Apis Canberra International titles in front of a packed crowd at the Canberra Tennis Centre.

Rogowska and Ebden claim Apis Canberra International titles

Olivia Rogowska (VIC) and Matthew Ebden (WA) have taken out the Apis Canberra International titles in front of a packed crowd at the Canberra Tennis Centre.

Rogowska proved too strong for Destanee Aiava (VIC) taking the match 6-1 6-2 in just under an hour.  Rogowska jumped straight out of the blocks, breaking in the opening game and then again in the third game.  Aiava managed to gain one break back, but then it was all Rogowska, closing out the set 6-1.

Things remained on serve early in the second, before Rogowska secured the break after a couple of loose forehands from Aiava.  She built on the momentum and closed out the match 6-2 to claim the title.

Rogowska credited her win to a positive mindset on court.

“My attitude today was spot on, before the match I knew that I had to get off to a really good start and I did just that.  I definitely played some really solid tennis today.  If she hit a good shot, I mentally bounced back really well and focused on the next point, and I didn’t give her many free points, and I’m really please I closed it out.

Rogowska now boasts an incredible 19 wins from 21 outings over the past five Australian Pro Tour events, of which she has won three titles.

“I’m going to take a lot out of these couple of weeks, I’ve learnt so much from playing all these matches.  It’s a great momentum swing going into January,” Rogowska added.

In the men’s singles final, Matthew Ebden defeated Taro Daniel (JPN) 7-6(4) 6-4.  Ebden jumped out to a great start, breaking early to go up 5-2.  Daniel turned it around to break back and force it into a tiebreak.  Solid serving from Ebden proved pivotal in clinching the tiebreak, winning an impressive 92% of points on his first serve.

It remained tight at the start of the second, before Ebden secured the break to go up 4-3.  From there Ebden held strong on serve to secure the win, dropping to the ground to celebrate his 7th ATP Challenger title.

Heading into the match, Ebden knew he was in for a tough battle and was pleased with how he executed his game plan.

“Taro is a quality player, he’s been a top 100 player, you know what you’re going to get with him. He’s very solid, he’s going to run, he’s going to fight, he’s going to put a lot of pressure on you.”

“I knew I had to execute my game pretty well today and that was key.  I did it for most of the match and that’s what got me through.”

After the result, both Ebden and Daniel will edge closer to a top 100 return.

Ebden will now to head to Japan for a couple of weeks to round out the season, and then start preparing for the Australian Summer of Tennis.

Pro tour action will return to the Canberra Tennis Centre when the East Hotel Canberra Challenger takes place from 6-13 January 2018.

 

 

APIS CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL 2017