Sun City, South Africa - Fritz Wolmarans and Michelle Sammons are the newly crowned King and Queen of Sun City.
Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) and Michelle Sammons (RSA) were crowned the Sun City Futures 1 Champions on Saturday at Sun City in the North West Province.
The two South African’s captured double titles at the Sun City Futures 1 at Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure on Saturday.
Wolmarans won his first title since 2012 when he beat second seeded Tucker Vorster of South Africa 3-6 6-3 7-6 (3) in a mammoth Centre Court thriller. Both finalists, the biggest servers in the tournament, battled for over two and a half hours before the top seed won the title on his first match point in the final set tie breaker.
“I went into the match knowing I had to serve well and give myself the best chance of breaking early in the match. Tucker is a big server and by far he was going to be my biggest challenge all week. But I felt good about my game and made the most of the big points which made the difference” said Wolmarans after his victory.
Wolmarans made a slow start which resulted in him losing the first set. “I had a rough year last year and this year have been playing well. When I got into Sun City, I battled with the altitude and it was the same in the final. I made a slow tentative start but when I found my rhythm in the second set, and my serve was on target knew I was in with a chance.”
“It’s great to win a title after so long. I needed it as it came at the right time to give me the confidence I have been looking for” said Wolmarans.
In the women’s singles, third seeded Michelle Sammons won her first career Futures title upsetting second seeded Natasha Fourouclas also of South Africa 2-6 7-5 6-4.
It was a grueling 2 hour 43 minute battle of testing nature for both players. Sammons said that she had a lot of respect for her opponent. “Natasha is a good player, and she makes a lot of balls and makes you work hard.” And hard Sammons sure did work for the title.
Fourouclas started strongly winning the opening set losing only two games in 49 minutes. In the second set, Sammons broke serve in the second game to go up 2-0 but Fourouclas promptly broke back to level. The set then went with serve until the eleventh game when Sammons broke and held served to win the set 7-5 and split sets. In the final set Sammons raced to a 3-1 lead and maintained that lead throughout.
The KwaZulu-Natal based Sammons has enjoyed good form all week. Sammons upset top seed and fellow Fed Cup squad team mate Madrie le Roux in the semifinals and after that win said that she felt confident for the title. “I had a lot of confidence in my own game going into the final. It’s been a good week and I have played some good tennis and was ready to give my all in the final.”
Sammons said that the victory meant a lot to her. “I have put a lot of hard work getting to this point. All I want to do is play tournaments and so to finally win my first Futures is a dream come true. I really have had a blessed week and hope to carry my form over to the next two events.”
In the men’s doubles final, Wolmarans won a double when he teamed up with Davis Cup team mate, Ruan Roelofse to upset top Swede team Jacob Adaktusson and Milos Sekulic 6-1 6-4. .
The women’s doubles title went to top seeds Michelle Sammons and Chanel Simmonds. Sammons and Simmonds beat fourth seeds and former African Junior Champions, Ilze Hattingh and Madrie le Roux 7-5 6-3.
The second tournament of the Sun City Futures series, The Sun City Futures 2 starts Monday 2 June with the final scheduled for Saturday 7 June.