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Another tournament victory for De Voest

Rik de Voest’s recent run of form has continued with his second tournament victory in the space of a month, writes Mark Etheridge.

After winning in Rimouski, Canada, veteran De Voest was off to Poland on national duty in the Davis Cup for South Africa. He then headed back to the States where he won a Futures tournament in Oklahoma.

There were some injury worries for De Voest as he was unable to play the Davis Cup singles event but his body held out just fine in the US tournament.

“Davis Cup was great as always, however after playing seven sets of tennis in a 20-hour time frame the body was not able to recover and my lower back locked up, which is why I did not play the reverse singles on Sunday,” De Voest told Road to Rio 2016.

“After playing some good tennis in Poland for the Davis Cup, I flew to Oklahoma City for a smaller future events because my points from my win in the Challenger had not come on the rankings when the events closed for this week.

“I have been feeling good about my game, and with many wins in the past month, had lots of confidence going into the event. The weather was a factor though with below freezing conditions on the Wednesday causing play to be cancelled, which meant two matches on Thursday.

“I played my first match at 9am, (it was just three degrees Celsius on court), but I got through it. The rest of the week the weather improved, but the final was extremely windy, and I managed to use my experience and played a good match under the circumstances.”

In the final De Voest came up against Britain’s Alex Bogdanovic and won in straight sets, 6-3 6-2 to earn himself close on $2000 in prize money.

“I’m very happy with my performance there as I went with the goal and expectation of winning the event, which I managed to do so.”

De Voest is now busy enjoying some Californian sun, with lots of rest and a little tennis. “I come to SA on Wednesday for the upcoming challenger event to be held in Soweto. I’m looking forward to playing in South Africa and have had some good results at the Soweto event.”

In this week’s rankings, De Voest finds himself sitting in 204th spot, a jump of 18 spots compared to the previous list.

Meanwhile, our top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers, had a fine win in the first round of the WTA Grand Prix in Marrakech, Morocco.

Currently ranked 70th, she beat Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, seeded second for the tournament and 26th in the world right now. Scheepers won in straight sets, 6-3 6-1, needing just an hour and 11 minutes to triumph. The Romanian’s cause wasn’t helped by the fact that she served up dismal 10 double faults, while Scheepers had a handy four aces up her sleeve.

In the second round, Scheepers will come up against Spain’s Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, currently ranked 83rd on the WTA tournament.


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