MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- Barbara Potter, competing in her first tournament in six weeks, capitalized on the nervous play of Helen Kelesi Monday for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory to win the $75,000 Virginia Slims of Central New York.
Potter, the No. 2 seed, had been sidelined since Wimbledon with a sprained ankle.
She rifled eight aces against her 15-year-old opponent, a qualifier who defeated the first, fourth and fifth seeds to reach her first pro final. Kelesi double-faulted 11 times.
The match was scheduled for Sunday but was postponed because of rain.
Potter, 22, of Woodbury, Conn., took command in the second set. She dominated from the net and refused to play the baseline game that Kelesi played so well in the opening rounds.
'I know I had more experience than she did,' said Potter, who earned $12,000 with the victory. 'There's no question about that. I just took control.'
Kelesi of Edmonton, Alberta, earned $6,400. She took a 2-0 lead in the first set but did not feel confident.
'When I won the set with an early (service) break, I thought I was lucky to win it,' Kelesi said.'She broke right back on me. It was luck that I won it.'
In the doubles championship, Gabriela Sabatini and Mercedes Paz of Argentina rallied from a first-set loss to defeat Andrea Holikova and Katerina Skronska from Czechoslovakia 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Sabatini and Paz split $5,000 while the losers $2,600.