Philip Henning triumphs at ITF Curro Stellenbosch

Top seeds, Philip Henning of Bloemfontein, and Danish, Hannah Moller made the form book look like a comic strip as they emerged triumphant at the Curro Junior ITF (International Tennis Federation) 2, a grade 3 international junior world ranking tennis tournament being played at the University of Stellenbosch in Stellenbosch, Western Cape over the weekend.
Henning showed remarkable composure as he ground out a 2-6 6-2 6-2 championship win over second seed, Lodewijk Weststrate of Nederland in the boys singles final.
Winning both Curro Junior ITF tennis tournaments in Stellenbosch is the best kind of feeling said, Philip Henning.
“I came to Stellenbosch with the goal of winning both Curro Junior ITF tournaments, but to actually do it is very special and I am very happy with the way I played.” said the Grey College pupil (Henning).
Henning has been unstoppable for the past two weeks, playing some exceptional tennis and after losing the first set in the final – he did not miss a beat and came out fighting in the second and finished off Weststrate in the third.
Elsewhere, top seed, Hannah Moller of Denmark had a ‘no-sweat’ final with her opponent Amelie Boy of Mauritius, seeded two, retiring at a 6-1 scoreline due to a shoulder injury
Boy had a bad fall during the semi-final and injured her shoulder. After hitting a few shots it was clear that she would not be able to play in the final battle due to this injury.
Moments after their singles triumphs, both Henning and Moller returned to the University of Stellenbosch courts in search of a personal ‘double’ when the doubles finals got under way.
Top seeds, Henning and his partner, Christiaan Worst of Pretoria lost victory to second seeds, Lleyton Cronje of Pretoria and Lodewijk Weststrate. Cronje/Weststrate beat Henning/Worst 6-3 3-6 10-3 in the boys doubles final.
Girls’ top seeds, Hannah Moller pulled a double header. Together with her United States, Dakota Fordham, they were up against losing singles finalist, Amelie Boy, who was paired with
Corin De Waal of Boland. Moller and Dakota prevailed straight sets to lift the title with a 6-3 6-3 triumph.