Brandwag pupil Jandre Lessing and Pearson counterpart Kaylin Bouwer face tough challenges today as they strive to capture their respective singles title on the final day of the Vita-Thion EP Junior tennis championships.
They will be in action from 8am at the PE Lawn Tennis Club today in the final rounds of the tournament.
In the boys’ under-16 agegroup, Lessing, seeded two, had his work cut out yesterday against third-seeded JuanLouis van Antwerpen after winning the first set 6-2.
The 16-year-old Uitenhage pupil looked in danger of conceding the second set when he trailed 5-2, but he fought his way back to force the tiebreaker, in which he eventually triumphed 9-7.
Today, he comes up against top seed Michael Copeland, who had a more routine win over fourth-seeded Matthew Johnson, 6-4 6-1.
The 14-year-old Bouwer, who is playing in the open section because the girls U16 division was cancelled due to a lack of entries, earned her spot in the final by defeating Megan Lombardi 6-2 6-3.
In today’s final, she comes up against an old rival in Boland’s Corin de Waal, the top seed, who beat Morgan Dickason 6-2 7-6.
Dickason grew up in Port Elizabeth, but now lives in Stellenbosch and plays under the Boland banner.
She gave a good account of herself in the second set, pushing De Waal all the way, but the top seed is a terrific competitor who makes opponents earn every point with her persistent play from the baseline.
It will take all of Bouwer’s patience and control to pull off a victory today.
The men’s open final was won by Steffen Solomon, who cruised past Danrich Kruger 6-1 6-1.
– Neale Emsile