New Delhi: Sakura Mori of Japan overcame Swedish rival Ekholm Matilda to win the women's singles title at the ITTF World Tour India Open on Sunday.
Rankings wise, there was very little to separate both the players with the Swede ranked 32 and the Japanese 35.
Matilda had come into the final high on confidence, having won the doubles final alongside Hungary's Georgina Pota earlier in the day. She had also knocked the top seed out of the competition in the semifinals on Saturday.
In the final, her play lacked the intensity she showed against the top seed while Mori was screaming after winning point as if her life depended on it.
Mori could have finished the final earlier had she not played safe while leading 8-5 in the sixth game. Matilda pounced on the opening to stretch the contest to the seventh game.
However, it was all Mori in the decider as she took a 6-0 lead before completing a 7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6 victory.
It ended up a double delight for the Japanese, who had also won the U-21 title.
The Indian challenge in the competition had yesterday when 13-year-old prodigy from Japan, Tomokazu Harimoto, taught a lesson to the seasoned Sharath Kamal in the semifinals.
Results (all finals):
Women's singles:  Sakura Mori (JPN) Beat  Matilda Ekholm (SWE) 7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6. Women's Doubles: Matilda Ekholm (SWE)/ Georgina Pota (HUN) Beat  Hoi Kem Doo (HKG)/ Ho Ching Lee (HKG) - 9-11, 11-3, 5-11, 14-12, 11-8.
Men's Doubles:  Masataka Morizono (JPN)/ Yuya Oshima (JPN) Beat  Ruwen Filus (GER)/ Ricardo Walther (GER) 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9.
Published Date: Feb 20, 2017 15:56 PM | Updated Date: Feb 20, 2017 16:00 PM