Pretoria, South Africa – What a month it’s been for rising South African junior tennis star Vaughn Hunter. The Johannesburg South, Glenvista resident won back to back international titles in Pretoria on Friday when he captured the singles title of the Gauteng North ITF. Last week Hunter won the Wanderers ITF in Illovo, Johannesburg.
Top seeded South African Lynn Kiro winning the girls singles title of the Gauteng North ITF being played at the Groenkloof Tennis Stadium in Pretoria today
South African queen and king, Vaughn Hunter and Lynn Kiro enjoying their victory in the Gauteng North ITF being played at the Groenkloof Tennis Stadium in Pretoria
Vaughn Hunter, the 6th seeded South African in action against top seed Matthew Rossouw winning his second title at the Gauteng North ITF being played today (Friday) at the Groenkloof Tennis Stadium in Pretoria
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Hunter upset top seeded fellow South African, Matthew Rossouw 7-5 6-1 in today’s final. Seventeen year old Hunter made an impressive comeback from 3-5 and set point down in the opening set to win the title. “I always knew that Matthew was going to be a tough one to beat. He is a great competitor and when I fought back and saved the set point in the first set, I had that added confidence which helped” said Hunter. “I just decided to slow the game down, play steady and percentage tennis to minimize my mistakes which worked.”
It was Hunters third international career title. Last year Hunter won his maiden international title at the Wanders ITF.
In the girls singles, top seeded Lyn Kiro of Cape Town had little trouble beating friend and second seed Theresa Van Zyl 6-4 6-1. In a disappointing final that took 86 minutes, Kiro broke serve at 3-3 in the first set and never looked back. “It was tight until that all important seventh game when I broke serve. After that I took control and was really pleased with my performance. I feel really happy right now” said Kiro following victory.
Like Hunter, the win today at the Groenkloof Stadium was Kiro’s third international title. Kiro’s two previous titles were won in Burundi and Rwanda last year where ironically she beat Van Zyl in both finals.