Superb one-two for SA tennis in Durban International Futures finals

2010-05-24 00:00

IT was South Africa’s day at Westridge Park on Saturday when two SA players won the Durban International Futures singles finals.

Number two Chanel Simmonds climbed all over top seed Poojashree Venkatesha of India to win 6-1 6-4 to ensure the women’s singles trophy went to the 17-year-old Kempton Park schoolgirl, whose toughest match in a relatively easy ride was her 6-4 7-5 tussle with Zuzana Lukranova of Slovakia in the quarter-finals.

But it was eighth seed Andrew Anderson, a member of the Braaiketts Tennis Club in the KZN capital, who provided the day’s drama in a very good final that vindicated club and Midlands Tennis president Hilary Greenwood’s confidence in him.

A near-exhausted Anderson eventually prevailed 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3) over super-fit fourth seed Amir Weintraub of Israel, in the men’s title match.

He admitted to The Witness after the match that he was running on empty.

“I’m going to have a long sleep-in on Sunday [yesterday], but that Israeli looked fresh enough to play another match,” he said with a smile.

Weintraub had two match points in the second set and, at 6-3 3-6 6-5 and 40-15, it seemed the tired-looking South African would have to settle for the runner-up’s cheque.

However, somehow Anderson managed to muster the strength to serve an ace and then put a volley away for deuce. Ultimately, the South African forced the final into a title-deciding tiebreak.

“Weintraub made a few early errors and Andrew got to 6-2 in the tiebreak,” said his Braaiketts team-mate Gareth Greenwood.

With four championship points in the rangy South African’s favour, Weintraub managed to save one, “but Andrew closed out the final on his serve”, Greenwood added. “Andrew served well during the final and tried to shorten the points because, fitness-wise, he could see how strong his opponent was.”

Greenwood and another Braaiketts team-mate, Boyd Michau, have been granted another wild card entry for this week’s Sata International Futures men’s doubles at Westridge after reaching the Durban International quarter-finals.

In the women’s doubles final on Friday, the unseeded Tegan Edwards and Bianca Swanepoel of South Africa lost in the championship tiebreak to the top-seeded couple from India.

RESULTS

Women’s singles final: 2-Chanel Simmonds (Rsa) bt 1-Poojasharee Venkatesha (Ind) 6-1 6-4.

Men’s singles final: 8-Andrew Anderson (Rsa) bt 4-Amir Weintraub (Isr) 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3).

Men’s doubles final: 2-Nikolaus Moser/Max Raditschnigg (Aut) bt 4-Sergei Krotiouk/Vitali Reshetnikov (Rus) 7-5 6-1.

Women’s doubles final: 1- Sanaa Bhambri/Rushmi Chakravarthi (Ind) bt Tegan Edwards/Bianca Swanepoel (Rsa) 3-6 6-3 10-4.

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