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Success for Simmonds
- Updated: June 2, 2011
Our promising young tennis player, Chanel Simmonds recently turned professional and has already notched up two tournament victories on the ITF Tour, writes Mark Etheridge.
Both the teenager’s wins came on the Asian continent, in the shape of the ITF Women’s tournaments in Changwon and Goyang in Korea. The tournaments both carried a prize purse of $25,000.
Encouraging for Simmonds, 18, in her first year of professional play was the fact that last year she went out in the quarter-final rounds of both these tournaments. So she has clearly taken a step up in terms of performance.
Simmonds met Korean opponent Ye-Ra Lee in the final of the Goyang tournament and triumphed in three sets, 6-7 6-1 7-6. Then in the Changwon tournament, played two days after her victory, she beat another Asian player, the eighth seeded Yurika Sema of Japan in straight sets 6-2 6-2. En route to the final she disposed of the tournament’s fourth, fifth and sixth seeds. She also reached the quarters in the doubles competition.
Next up, in an attempt to make it a treble the Kempton Park left-hander is currently playing the $25,000 Gimcheon tournament, also in the Korean Republic and is through to the round of 16 stage.
Simmonds is currently the second South African on the WTA rankings list, sitting at No 349 behind Chani Scheepers (65), who was in action in the French Open last week before being beaten in the second round.