SA Juniors impress on Southern African swing

After her most recent first ever win at an international tennis stage during the NWU Pukke ITF 1 played in Potchefstroom earlier this year, Myah Petchey of Cape Town proved her worth again after clinching two International Tennis Federation(ITF) events on the Southern African swing of the ITF junior circuit.

Petchey captured the 3rd Euphemia Tlhapane Memorial Grade 5 in Botswana and  the ITF South Central Circuit Grade 1 in Namibia.

In the Botswana capital, Gaborone, Petchey was the top seed and beating unseeded Macey Miller of the United States 6-2 6-3 in that final. In Windhoek, Namibia Petchey got the doubles when she overpowered compatriot Delien Kleinhans 6-2 6-2 in that final

Myah Petchey comes from a dense tennis family background. Her father Mark was a professional player, represented Great Britain in a Davis Cup competition, coached world number one player Andy Murray and currently a tennis commentator on Sky Sports. Myah’s older sister, Nicole was a top junior player and in August will take up a scholarship in the USA at Southern Methodist University in Texas. Myah was five years old when she relocated to South Africa with her family after having lived in Great Britain.

“I feel as though I’m starting to continue living the legacy of my family[she giggles]. To win two consecutive ITF titles makes me feel gratified of my overall performance.” Said Petchey

“Not so long ago I won my first ITF tournament in Potchefstroom, which gave me more pressure to perform well. The only, and utmost advantage I have is that I’m a home scholar – which gives me more time to spend on the court.”

Her coach Jason Smit was overwhelmed by how Petchey became this matured on a tennis court, at her age

“It most certainly gives me a great honour to now start having a player that’s scooping the ITF accolades. Myah is proving to be amongst the top junior stars in the country and is slowly becoming the nation’s favourite after her good performance in the past SA Junior Nationals in Bloemfontein.”

Petchey was not the only South African junior to excel on the circuit.

Charl Morgan of Johannesburg won the boys singles title in Gaborone beating Tadija Radovanovic of Serbia 3-6 6-1 6-1 for the title. At the same event, Pretoria’s Kholo Montsi and his American partner Pierce Rollins upset top seeded compatriots Pierre Malan and Charl Morgan 6-3 3-6 10-8 to clinch the boys doubles title

Then in Namibia the South African dominance continued where top seed Philip Henning of Free State beat fellow countryman and fourth seed Pierre Malan (Cape Town) impressively 6-3 6-0 in the boys singles final.

Petchey almost made it double title wins in both Gaborone and Windhoek by reaching the finals of the girls doubles with fellow South African Megan Basson in both events.

Photo: Charl Morgan