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Saturday, 26 October, 2002, 13:55 GMT 14:55 UK
Bogdanovic takes title
Alex Bogdanovic
Alex Bogdanovic banks 5,000 for his win
Alex Bogdanovic won his first Hastings Direct National Tennis Championships title with a comprehensive victory over Jamie Delgado.

The Belgrade-born 18-year-old recovered from 4-2 down in the first set to triumph 7-5 6-2.

"We were both very nervous to start off with and I couldn't find any rhythm," said Bogdanovic after the men's final in Bolton.


I hope I can now start getting on a roll and improve my ranking
Alex Bogdanovic
"But I was very pleased with the way I approached the match mentally.

"I played the big points well and wasn't as tight as the match progressed."

Even so Bogdanovic, last year's losing finalist, knows he has much to prove if he is to make an impact in world tennis.

"I've still got a long way to go. It's now time for me to move on, start growing up and making my own decisions," he said.

Errors

"I hope I can now start getting on a roll and improve my ranking - because that dictates what level you are at."

Davis Cup team member Delgado, 25, admitted he had made too many errors against the powerful left-hander.

"I started better than I did in my other matches," said the third seed. "But I just got worse, so it was disappointing to lose.

"I was disappointed with myself because I made too many mistakes.

It's been a while since I've played at my best, but I know there's better in me.

"I was well on top early on, but when he broke me he took heart and came back very well. He's a good player."

Women's final

Anne Keothavong won the women's final by beating Julie Pullin, champion in 1996 and 1998.

Keothavong raced in to a 5-0 lead in the first and duly took control to win 6-1, 6-3.

"I'm happy with the way I played," said Keothavong.

"I did what I had to do and I fell like I'm a different player this year. I've grown up as a player and as a person.

"I'm clearer about what I want to do and where I want to go with my life. I've worked hard and it's paid off.

"This week I've managed to play my own game and take control of each match."

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