Noppawan Lertcheewakarn is the defending champion at the Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge in Dubai, which kicks off on Monday but the 19 year old Thai player knows she has her work cut out as she attempts to defend the title and the points from her win last year.
Lertcheewakarn beat France's Kristina Mladenovic in the final last year. “This year, things are going to be tough for me as I will have to defend my points here,” Lertcheewakarn commented. “It will be like a mountain to climb, but I know I can do it.” “It feels nice to be back in Dubai.
Last year was my first time and I went home with a trophy. Hopefully, I can repeat the same this year as well." Also in the field are Romanian Irina Camelia Begu (No 52), Bojanna Jovanovski (No 56) and Nina Bratchikova (No 81).