YOUNG EP tennis star Kaylin Bouwer finished the year off in style when she captured the under-14 singles title in the Slazenger Classic in Cape Town yesterday.
The 13-year-old Sunridge Primary pupil defeated Gauteng East’s Samantha Johnson 6-3 6-2 in the final in a tournament which formed part of the national KeyHealth Series.
Another leading EP junior, Jandre Lessing, fell in the semifinals of the boys U16 singles when he lost to KwaZulu-Natal’s Damon Kesaris 6-3 6-2.
Bouwer’s win will be a massive boost for her confidence and she will be a major asset at Pearson where she will be attending high school from January.
During the course of her march to the title in Cape Town, Bouwer overcame a major hurdle when she defeated Boland rival Corin de Waal in the semifinals 6-3 6-1.
This came after De Waal had won the previous two KeyHealth Series tournaments in East London and Port Elizabeth. In the PE event a week ago, she defeated Bouwer in the final 6-3 6-1.
Bouwer has now earmarked herself as a player to watch and her results over the last two weeks should help her immensely, following losses in the semifinals in East London and then the PE final.
Coached by former professional star Yvonne Vermaak, Bouwer generates great power off both flanks and will only be in her second year in the U14 age-group next year.
If she can maintain the upward curve shown in recent weeks, she could emerge as one of EP’s most exciting tennis prospects.