ALBERTO “AJ” Lim started his 2015 campaign in grand fashion, scoring a stunning 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over Japanese top seed Yuya Ito to rule the India International Tennis Federation tournament on Saturday in Chandigarh.
With the win, the 15-year-old Lim is expected to enter the top 150 in the ITF rankings. He is eyeing a place in the top 80 as he sees action in the New Delhi tournament starting on Tuesday.
The Filipino netter is also preparing for his campaign in the Australian Open juniors.
Lim brought down the top two seeds of the tournament, advanced to the final by crushing British No. 2 seed Alexis Canter, 6-2, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Lim recovered from a slow start to beat India’s Rian Pandole, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Lim, sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, fell short of a double celebration when he and his partner lost to an Indian pair in the final.
The young netter said the lessons learned in a four-set defeat to eight-time PCA champion Johnny Arcilla in the final last month proved beneficial especially in the first set where they engaged in furious rallies.
“My recent campaign in a tough local tournament helped me prepare for this tournament,” said Lim, who was assisted by veteran coach Martin Misa. “Besides, I regained my strength from a groin strain injury that sidelined me for almost three months.”