Mistakes plague Las Vegan in final

Camille Pin stands barely 5 feet 4 inches. On Sunday, she loomed as large as Mount Charleston, and Asia Muhammad couldn’t conquer her.

Even with the crowd behind her, including Andre Agassi, on Stadium Court at the Darling Tennis Center, the 16-year-old Las Vegan could not get the best of Pin, a 27-year-old who is ranked No. 81 by the WTA Tour and has more than $700,000 in career earnings.

Pin used her experience and displayed great defense to post an impressive 6-4, 6-1 victory in the finals of the Hilton Cup. Muhammad, who admitted she was tired after beating Madison Brengle in Saturday’s semifinal, appeared to have little left in the tank. Pin broke Muhammad’s serve five straight times, going back to 4-4 in the first set.

“I was a little tired, but that’s not an excuse,” Muhammad said. “I think her experienced showed. She’s a great player.

“I got away from the game plan and started to rush. I was probably too aggressive and too impatient. If I had stayed calm, I probably could’ve played better in that second set.”

It was a week of growth for Muhammad, a wild-card entrant into the Hilton Cup field. But Sunday, she was facing a superior player across the net.

Yet she proved she could hang with Pin for a good portion of the opening set. She broke back at 2-1, and it was still on serve at 4-4. But Muhammad struggled with her serve all day. She had eight double-faults. Combined with 48 unforced errors, she was her worst enemy.

“I had a lot of success this week, but you can also learn a lot from a loss,” she said. “But this will help my confidence. I proved to myself I can play with a top-100 player.”

Pin, who earned $7,315 for the victory, prevailed despite scraping her right knee in the first set. She had the knee wrapped and forged on, quickly taking control in the second set.

“I tried to maintain the pressure on her,” Pin said. “That break at 4-4 was the key game. When I won that game, I could tell she was down.”

Contact reporter Steve Carp at scarp@ reviewjournal.com or (702) 387-2913.

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