KZN’s Ilze Hattingh wins SA tennis title

2010-10-19 00:00

THERE was no stopping wild card Ilze Hattingh of KwaZulu-Natal in the 2010 Nike Junior Tour South African­ Masters at the Kainos Tennis­ Academy at the University of Stellenbosch this weekend.

Hattingh won the girls’ U14 final in an event that involves South Africa’s top U12 and U14 boys’ and girls’ players. The event is the premier junior tennis event on the continent.

Wild card Hattingh met top seed Theresa van Zyl in the final after she had accounted for Nelise Verster of Free State 6-3 6-3 in the semi-finals and upset the top seed 6-2 6-2 to go through the event without dropping a set.

An outstanding all-round athlet and academic, Hattingh has immense potential and could go far in the game with her drive and determination to succeed.

She will travel with South Africa’s best to the Nike Junior Tour International Masters.

Philip Franken of Boland dominated the U14 boys’ age group, taking out the fiery Trent Botha of Western Province 6-4 6-1.

In the U12 girls’ age group, top seed Nadine de Villiers of Northcliff, Johannesburg took the title honours, beating Zani Barnard of Northern Cape 6-3 6-3.

In the U12 boys’ final, Western Province’s Calvin Jordaan and KZN’s Gavin Morris went up against each other. The first set went to a tiebreaker, where Jordaan edged out Morris 7-5. Jordaan went on to take the second set comfortably over his national champion opponent 6-2, to earn his place in the International Masters.

Franken, Hattingh, Jordaan and De Villiers will represent South Africa at the Nike Junior Tour International Masters from December 9 to 14, which will be played at Club Med Columbus Isle, San Salvadore, in the Bahamas.

The coach for the South African team is Jason Smit from the Atlantic Tennis­ Academy in Cape Town.

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