CLEAN SWEEP FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TENNIS JUNIORS

Fifth seed Lee Barnard of Gauteng North in action at the Wanderers Junior ITF on Friday. Barnard beat unseeded Minette Van Vreden also of South Africa 6-2 6-2 in the finals to take the title.
Fifth seed Lee
Barnard of Gauteng North in action at the Wanderers Junior ITF on
Friday. Barnard beat unseeded Minette Van Vreden also of South Africa
6-2 6-2 in the finals to take the title.

Kris Van Wyk and Lee Barnard capture double titles at The Wanderers Junior ITF
Van Wyk and Barnard both win second international titles

from left: Fourth seed Kris Van Wyk of Western Province and fifth seed Lee Barnard of Gauteng North were crowned the 2014 winners of the Wanderers Junior ITF in the boys and girls singles at the Wanderers Junior ITF on Friday. Lee003: Fifth seed Lee Barnard of Gauteng North, winner of the girls singles Wanderers Junior ITF 2014. Barnard beat unseeded Minette Van Vreden of Boland 6-2 6-2 to take the title on Friday.
from left: Fourth
seed Kris Van Wyk of Western Province and fifth seed Lee Barnard of
Gauteng North were crowned the 2014 winners of the Wanderers Junior ITF
in the boys and girls singles at the Wanderers Junior ITF on Friday.

Johannesburg, South Africa – South African junior tennis players enjoyed a good week at The Wanderers Junior ITF tournament in Johannesburg.

Kris: Fourth seed Kris Van Wyk of Western Province in action at the Wanderers Junior ITF on Friday. Van Wyk beat fellow South African unseeded Philip Franken 6-4 6-3 to take the title.
Kris: Fourth seed Kris Van Wyk of Western Province in action at the
Wanderers Junior ITF on Friday. Van Wyk beat fellow South African
unseeded Philip Franken 6-4 6-3 to take the title.

In a clean sweep of titles for the host nation, Kris Van Wyk of Western Province and Lee Barnard Gauteng North were victorious in the singles on Friday.

In the boy’s singles Van Wyk, seeded four enjoyed a brilliant week considering that he had to qualify for the tournament. In the final Van Wyk beat unseeded Philip Franken of Boland 6-4 6-3. Van Wyk’s serve and volley tactics were on song in the final as he powered his way to victory with an aggressive game plan.

Van Wyk and Franken are good friends off court and have regular partnership. “I

know Philip real well and I knew that to have the best chance against him I had to come into the net especially on the
backhand side and keep it low on the backhand until I had a chance to complete the point” said Van Wyk following victory.

 Kris002: Fourth seed Kris Van Wyk of the Western Province, winner of the boys singles Wanderers Junior ITF 2014. Van Wyk beat unseeded Philip Franken of Boland 6-4 6-3 to take the title on Friday.
Kris002: Fourth
seed Kris Van Wyk of the Western Province, winner of the boys singles
Wanderers Junior ITF 2014. Van Wyk beat unseeded Philip Franken of
Boland 6-4 6-3 to take the title on Friday.

There were complications with Van Wyk’s entry into the tournament which resulted in the 17 year old having to go through the tenuous qualifying rounds. After successfully qualifying, Van Wyk was given a seeding due to his world ranking and then went onto win the title. Its Van Wyk’s second international title after winning his first in Stellenbosch last year.

In the girl’s singles, Lee Barnard seeded five beat unseeded Minette Van Vreden of Boland 6-2 6-2 in a relatively one-sided final. Good pace by Barnard put pressure on Van Vreden throughout the 74 minute final which forced Van Vreden into a string of unforced errors throughout the match. Good serving by Barnard also put added pressure on Van Vreden who was never allowed by Barnard to get properly into the match. Barnard dropped only one set en route to taking the tile and that was in the semifinals on Thursday when she came from set down to beat her twin sister Zani 4-6 6-4 6-2.

Like Van Wyk, this is Barnard’s second international title after winning her debut

Lee003: Fifth seed Lee Barnard of Gauteng North, winner of the girls singles Wanderers Junior ITF 2014. Barnard beat unseeded Minette Van Vreden of Boland 6-2 6-2 to take the title on Friday.
Lee003: Fifth seed Lee Barnard of Gauteng North, winner of the girls
singles Wanderers Junior ITF 2014. Barnard beat unseeded Minette Van
Vreden of Boland 6-2 6-2 to take the title on Friday.

title in Namibia earlier this year.

“I am very happy to have won today” said Barnard. “I played well today and felt good on court, was real focused and motivated. This is my second international title and I really hope there are many more.”

Van Wyk teamed up with compatriot Brandon Laubser to win the doubles title. The top seeds beat third seeded twin brothers, Francois and Okkie kellerman of South Africa 7-5 5-7 10-5.

In the girl’s doubles final, a battle between two sets of twins sisters, the Barnards beat the Botes of Free State. Third seeds Lee and Zani Barnard upset second seeds Huibre-Mare and Louise-Mare Botes 6-2 6-2.

Picture credit: BLD Communications.