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Top seeds tackle each other in Curro Junior ITF 2 final
- Updated: September 30, 2016
The two top seeds in the boys’ draw – Richard Thongoana and Joshua Howard-Tripp – will face each other in Saturday’s Curro Junior ITF 2 final played in Stellenbosch.
Number one Thongoana, who was part of Team South Africa at the 2014 AUSC Region 5 Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, had a three set battle against third seed Bertus Kruger, who won both 2015 Curro Junior ITF tournaments.
Kruger won the first set 6-0, but Thongoana broke Kruger’s serve immediately in the second set and from there the top seed took charge of the battle. The score of 0-6 6-1 6-2 looks easy, but almost every game had breakpoints and Kruger did have his chances.
In the end Thongoana held his nerve and won the match for a place in the final against last week’s champion and second seed Howard-Tripp. If Thongoana manages to win he will be the first top seed to win the Curro Junior ITF tournament in the past few years.
Also from South Africa, Howard-Tripp was on the verge of losing the first set against Dutchman Ien Schouten, but broke the fourth seed’s serve to fight back and in the end he won 7-5, 6-2. After losing his serve the Dutchman struggled to focus again and battled just as much with himself as with Howard-Tripp, who was merciless on attack.
The final between the top seeds should be a cracker. The girls’ final will once again be an all international affair and a repeat from last week’s final with fifth seed Adrienn Nagy facing unseeded British player Holy Fischer. Hungary’s Nagy beat unseeded French player Diane Parry 7-5, 6-3 to book her place in the final two. Fischer, who won last week’s tournament, beat the only South African left in the draw, fourth seed Maxine Bateman 6-1, 6-4.
Both singles and doubles’ finals will be played on Saturday. Action starts at 09:00.
Picture of Thongoana courtesy of Outsider Communications