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- Garlicki keen to get going on home turf
- Blitzbok speedsters gearing up for Wellington action
- Banyana go down 2-0 to France in Reunion
- Birkett and Solms wrap up Drak Challenge wins
- Park posts her maiden Sunshine Tour victory
- White-hot racing as McGregor, Solms lead Drak
- Ellis urges Banyana players to show off their talents
- Mokoka makes Marathon Majors debut in Tokyo
- Park’s 68 puts her two shots clear at SA Masters
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.