Tennis

HENNING FACES SECOND SEED HOWARD-TRIPP IN FINAL OF CURRO JUNIOR ITF

Fourth seed Philip Henning toppled first seed Richard Thongoana in the semi-final of the Curro Junior ITF tennis tournament 1 played in Stellenbosch.

Henning will face second seed Joshua Howard-Tripp in the final on Saturday. Henning and Thongoana played some high quality tennis and used every inch of the court in quality stroke play and epic rallies produced by both players. Henning won 7-5, 6-4. Howard-Tripp played against the only international player left in the boys’ draw Ien Schouten from Holland. The South African beat the third seed in two sets 7-5, 6-4. The game had some powerful hitting from both players.

The final between Howard-Tripp and Henning should be a very interesting one seeing that they are totally different players. The crowd can be sure of some entertaining tennis though.

The girls’ final is an all-international affair. Fourth seed Adrienn Nagy from Hungary will come up against unseeded Holly Fischer from Britain.

Nagy had to dig deep to beat 15-year-old Diane Parry from France in three sets 6-7, 6-1 and 6-1. Parry was 1-4 behind in the first set and looked strong and good enough to beat Nagy, but the Hungarian showed her experience and stayed focus to advance to the final.

She will now play Fischer who beat another unseeded French player Maelys Bougrat. Fischer was in control of the match from the start and won 6-3, 6-1.

Finals action start at 09:00.