Johannesburg, South Africa – South African Davis Cup player Ruan Roelofse clinched the Wilson R100 000 Challenge title at the German Club north of Johannesburg on Saturday.
Top seeded Roelofse of Cape Town, needed 1 hour 27 minutes to end the giant killing run of fourth seeded Benjamin Janse van Rensburg of Pretoria 7-6 (3) 6-3 in the final.
Van Rensburg in the semifinal upset second seed Tucker Vorster also of Pretoria 7-6 (6) 7-6 (5).
Roelofse said that he was happy to take the title especially on the eve of the Sun City Futures which starts at the North West Province Kingdom of pleasure on Monday. “I used the Wilson event as an important warm up for the Sun City Futures. I didn’t lose a set all week and feel good about my game going into the Futures next week.”
Janse van Rensburg, despite losing felt good about how he played all week. “Getting to a final is always great and beating Tucker in the semis was big! Ruan today played the important points better and his serve was on target so it made it difficult for me to break through.”
As a consolation, due to Janse van Ransburg’s excellent run this past week, Tennis South Africa awarded him with a wildcard into next week’s Futures at Sun City.
The women’s title was a battle royal between the tournament’s top two seeds, Michelle Sammons of KwaZulu-Natal and Vanja Klaric of North West Province. Eventually the match that started late afternoon finished in under lights after a marathon 2 hours 41 minutes. Seventeen year old junior star Klaric upset Sammons 6-4 5-7 7-6 (7-3). Klaric, from Serbia trains out of the Riaan Venter Tennis Academy at NWU-PUKKE in Potchefstroom.
Ruan Roelofse made it a double when he captured the men’s doubles with Benjamin Janse Van Rensburg. The women’s doubles went to sister combination Hayley Jeffery and Kim Peters both of Gauteng Central.
Special congratulations go to the following Gauteng Central players:
Angela Georgieva : winner of the girls 14 singles
BJ van Rensburg : finalist men’s singles and men’s doubles winner
Hayley Jeffery and Kim Peters : women’s doubles winners
Richard Johnson : finalist men’s singles 45