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Lulu Sun reaches biggest singles final

Updated: May 7

New Zealand tennis player Lulu Sun reaches big final
Lulu Sun has reached the final of her biggest tournament of her career. PHOTO: ITF TENNIS

New Zealand tennis player Lulu Sun has won her way into the final of the Bonita Springs ITF US$100,000 tournament in Florida.


The 23-year-old beat Australian third seed Ann Li in straight sets on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time) to make her first final of a event this size.


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In the final, Sun will play American Maya Joint, who defeated Liechtenstein's Kathinka Von Deichmann 6-7 (6) 6-4 7-6 (2) in the other semifinal.


Left-handed Sun is also into the final of the doubles at Bonita Springs, as she and her partner Fanny Stollar defeated Elvina Kalieva and Maria Mateas 4-6 6-3 10-6 in their semifinal.


Sun's singles world ranking is expected to rise from 164 to a new high of around the 130 mark as she chases the top-100.


Marina Erakovic was the last New Zealand women to rank inside the top-100 on August 31, 2017.


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