Second seed Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei won his 25th ATP Challenger Tour title in Ningbo with a dominant victory over Hiroki Moriya of Japan, 6-3, 6-1. Lu saved four match points in his semi-final win over sixth seed Hyeon Chung of Korea. The veteran has been a dominant force at this event, winning three of the four editions of the Ningbo Challenger. He is also the third player to successfully defend a Challenger title this year.
Lu has recorded an outstanding 29-5 record on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2016, winning three titles (Ningbo, Surbiton, Ilkley) and finishing runner-up at two other events (Seoul, Bangkok).
There are two more ATP Challengers in the Asian calendar this week, with the $75,000 tournament in Suzhou, China, taking top billing. The event returns for the second year. Lu looks for another title as the top seed, while Taro Daniel of Japan is the second seed. Hyeon Chung is the fourth seed and American Stefan Kozlov as the fifth seed.
Lastly, the KPIT MSLTA ATP Challenger $50,000 in Pune, India, is back for the third consecutive year. Evgeny Donskoy of Russia, last year’s runner-up, is the top seed, While Duckhee Lee of Korea is the second seed. Loval favourite Saketh Myneni is the third seed.