Silvana Lima wins ASP Women's World Tour Movistar Peru Classic
Brazil's Silvana Lima pulled off the unexpected Tuesday, winning the Movistar Peru Classic in dramatic fashion by beating Sally Fitzgibbons, who is ranked No. 2 on the ASP Women's World Tour, in the final on clean 2- to 3-foot waves in San Bartolo, Peru.
Lima wasted little time, with a barrage of hi-fi fin throws and searing carves to amass a 16.50 out of a possible 20 points to best her Australian opponent.
"I feel great!" Lima said after exiting the water. "I knew I needed to put up high scores early on because Sally has been surfing so well all event. I have some really good boards and I feel like I have been surfing well. I’m so stoked right now!"
The victory vaults Lima, 25, from seventh to third in the ASP Women’s World Tour rankings.
"It’s really good for me," Lima said. "I feel like I have been surfing well this year but haven’t been making heats. This is very good for my confidence and the rest of the season."
"Another bridesmaid," Fitzgibbons, 19, said of her third consecutive runner-up finish this season. "It’s a good result all the same and great for my rating, but I want to win one really bad. Silvana was ripping though. I couldn’t really get into a good rhythm in that heat. I felt good all day, but she got the jump on me and I was never able to answer back. It’s all good though. We’ve had amazing support here in Peru and I’m looking forward to the next one."
In her semifinal, Lima put in a stunning performance to score a last-minute victory over heavily favored three-time World champion Stephanie Gilmore.
Despite the somewhat uncharacteristic loss, Gilmore, 22, still has a healthy lead in the hunt for her fourth consecutive ASP Women’s World Title, and she will use the midseason break to recharge.
"I’m going to go home and then on some surf trips to Indonesia," the Australian said. "I’m working on a film project with Ava Warbrick, and I’ll use the time to recharge before the U.S. Open in July and then onto Portugal after that."
The next stop on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro, Oct. 7-11, in Peniche, Portugal.
1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.50
2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 10.77
Semifinal 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.77 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.00
Semifinal 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.60 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.56
Quarterfinal 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.43 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 11.23
Quarterfinal 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.86 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.50
Quarterfinal 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.27 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 13.70
Quarterfinal 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.14 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 13.43
Current ASP Women’s World Tour Top 5:
1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 4,716 points
2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 4,224 points
3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 3,612 points
4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 3,588 points
5: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 3,180 points
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Silvana Lima gets carried up the beach after winning the ASP Women's World Tour Movistar Peru Classic. Credit: © Morris / ASP
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