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Chanel loses in final

Our second ranked women’s singles player, Chanel Simmonds, reached the final of the Garuda International tournament in Djakarta, Indonesia on Sunday.

Simmonds played Belgium’s Tammy Hendler in the final and went down in three sets, 7-5 4-6 3-6, writes Mark Etheridge.

“It was a really good match and I didn’t play badly at all. Tammy put me under a lot of pressure with her serve and first or second shot of each point. I had to keep my intensity up all the time which was difficult.

“I slowed the points down by making her hit above her shoulders (which is what I usually do) then she started getting used to it and took the balls early and put me under pressure. I had to be really aggressive in order to win points. She just played better on the important points but I’m ready for the next tournament.”

Next tournament for both her and fellow South African Natasha Fourouclas is the $25,000 Palembang tournament, also in Indonesia. As luck (or rather bad luck!) the two South Africans, both of whom competed at the recent All Africa Games in Maputo, face each other in the first round. Simmonds is seeded third for the event while Fourouclas came through the qualifying route.

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