- Championship records for Brown and relay team
- Gobel grabs share of the lead at Kyalami
- Interim coach Ellis looks to take Banyana even further
- Opening round of 70 puts Williams in front
- Big medal haul for SA at Junior Commonwealth Games
- Successful comeback from injury as Anel grabs fourth
- Dednam duo win 10th SA doubles title
- Corbett leads the way as SA tally grows to 35
- Caster, Wayde up for Athletes of the Year award
- Seven more golds for SA at African Championships
Success for Simmonds
- Updated: December 7, 2011
Our second highest ranked tennis player, Chanel Simmonds, has tasted South American success on the international tennis circuit, writes Mark Etheridge.
Currently on a tour which sees her playing tournament in Chile and Argentina, she kicked off her campaign with a $10,000 tournament. “But I pulled out in the second round because I was just mentally tired from all the previous tournaments as well as all the traveling,” the Kempton Park teenager told Road to London 2012.
She then moved on to Argentina for a more high-profile tournament and this time she went all the way.
“I played American Julia Cohen, the tournament’s top seed and beat her 6-3 6-4,” said Simmonds. Cohen is currently ranked 181st so the win was a good boost for Simmonds who is currently sitting at 207th but expecting to move up to around 187th.
“I played better every match of the tournament,” reflected Simmonds. “It was on a clay surface which I like because it suits my game. My final was about three hours long! Julia hit so many high, deep balls that I had to be very patient and wait for a shorter ball to finish the point off.”
To reach the final, Simmonds beat Peruvian qualifier Patricia Ku Flores, then Argentinians Vanesa Furlanetto and Maria Irigoyen and then second seeded Florencia Molinero, also of Argentina in the final.
“I’ve got another $25,000 tournament in Argentina and then my last one is in Chile before I come home,” said Simmonds.