Puma School Sport Star of the week: Wilanie van Zyl

2015-09-09 06:00
Wilanie van Zyl, the Puma School Sport Star of the week, is a 16-year-old PE girl who excels in tennis which she has been playing from the age of five.       

Wilanie van Zyl, the Puma School Sport Star of the week, is a 16-year-old PE girl who excels in tennis which she has been playing from the age of five. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WILANIE van Zyl is a 16-year-old Grade 11 pupil at Framesby High School, and tennis is second nature to her.

She has been playing tennis since the early age of five, and one of her dreams is to play College tennis in America after school. “I grew up in a tennis family. My grandfather and a lot of my other family, including my brothers played tennis,” says Wilanie.

She invests a lot of time in tennis, as it’s something she enjoys playing. “Tennis is my passion,” she says.

She is the only under 17 girl in South Africa who was chosen for the under 19 Schools team, after the SA School tournament in April this year. Only four of the girls were chosen to go to Britain, and Wilanie is the youngest. Unfortunately due to an injury, she couldn’t go, but got the same opportunity last year, and came back with excellent results.

She has beaten SA’s single champion for under 16 girls, Mila Hartwig from Gauteng North, and during the Schools tournament she remained unbeaten till the last day. For the past four years she has been taking part in this tournament, and only lost one match.

This year is her 6th time in the SA Schools team and she was chosen to represent the EP Senior Tennis team interprovincially, in George. She is currently number one seeded player in the EP women’s rank. The tennis lover also received a reward from EP Tennis for her extraordinary and great performance during 2014.

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