Eastern Province’s Jandre Lessing shrugged off a slight stutter in the opening set to post an impressive victory in the under-16 boys singles final of the Vita-Thion EP Junior tennis championships at the Port Elizabeth Lawn Tennis Club yesterday.
However, there was no success for another EP player in the women’s open singles final when Kaylin Bouwer was beaten by Boland’s Corin de Waal, losing 6-1 6-2.
After overnight rain caused a short delay because the courts were still damp, Lessing was quicker out the starting blocks against Michael Copeland and shot into a 5-1 lead.
He seemed to lose a bit of focus at that stage as the topseeded Copeland fought hard to stay in the match, taking the next three games. No 2 seed Lessing, however, made sure his early efforts were not wasted by serving out for the set.
He raced through the second set without dropping a game.
Bouwer found it tougher against a steadfast De Waal, who has almost perfected the art of keeping the ball in play.
Bouwer looked the better striker of the ball, but De Waal’s consistency and superb retrieving ability showed in the final analysis.
Lessing picked up a second title when he and EP colleague Wilanie van Zyl took the mixed title 6-2 6-4 against Heinrich Willemse and Elouise van Rensburg.
Willemse and Lessing also contested the men’s doubles final, but were narrowly shaded 6-4 2-6 12-10 by Copeland and Juan-Louis van Antwerpen.
– Neale Emslie