Fitzgibbons 2nd in Peru Classic

Press release: ROXY girl Sally Fitzgibbons bowed out yesterday in the final of the Movistar Peru Classic, the fifth stage of the ASP Women's World Tour, which took place at the legendary spot in San Bartolo. Despite a fine run to the final, the Australian ultimately came up short against Silvana Lima, more experienced in the South American waves.

Nevertheless, with this second place Sally Fiztgibbons confirmed her great start to the year was no flash in the pan, as she demonstrated impressive consistency to produce almost perfect rounds throughout the competition. Highlights included her victory over Coco Ho in the quarter-finals, and a superb semi win against Sofia Mulanovich.

The young Aussie (19) finished in second spot for the third time running this year, strengthening her hold on second place in the overall ASP Tour rankings, behind compatriot Stephanie Gilmore.

"Another bridesmaid," Fitzgibbons said. "It's a good result all the same and great for my rating, but I want to win one really bad. Silvana (Lima) 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."

The next leg of the ASP Women's World Tour 2010 will take place in Portugal from October 7 to 11, with French star Lee Ann Curren set to make her Tour comeback after injury.

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