Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2013) – In a finals match featuring several ups and downs, Sachie Ishizu of Japan held off a late rally from Julie Coin of France to win 6-3, 7-6(3) and claim the Childhelp Desert Classic championship on Sunday at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort.   After Coin jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, the 20-year-old Ishizu responded with a bang by winning five consecutive games to secure the first set. After Ishizu took an early 1-0 lead in the second set, Coin received a medical timeout due to a right wrist injury and nearly retired but continued on. With Coin clearly not at full strength, Ishizu took advantage and jumped out to a 5-1 lead, however Coin found her groove again and won five of the next six games to force the tiebreak. After Coin built a 3-2 tiebreak lead, Ishizu won five consecutive tiebreak points to seal the championship.   “I’m very, very happy that I won this tournament and I’m very thankful for the audience,” Ishizu said through a translator....
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