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Ewing fights back to beat top seed Simmonds

Salma Ewing first had to qualify for the tournament, then had to fight her way back into the match before winning the Digicall Futures 2 tennis title in Stellenbosch on Sunday.

The visiting American caused a major upset when she beat first seed Chanel Simmonds from South Africa.

She needed two hours 21 minutes before winning 4-6 6-4 6-4 against Simmonds who had won the Futures 1 title at the same venue a week earlier.

‘Winning this title means a lot to me. My mom is from South Africa so to comeback here and win a tennis tournament in her home country is amazing. This week was special. To finally take the title after almost losing is great. I am really excited about the last week,’ said the 17-year-old Californian Ewing beating last week’s winner.

The men’s final was won by last week’s finalist Leny Mitjana from France. The fifth seed got the better of second seed Takanyi Garanganga from Zimbabwe to win 6-2 6-4.

‘I’m very happy to win this tournament, every match was difficult for me. I tried not to think about it too much and just tried to play my game. I’m so happy to win this tournament. To reach the final and win is what I want to do. Now I’m looking forward to the third and final tournament,’ said Mitjana.

The main draw action of the Digicall Futures 3 starts on Tuesday.

In the pictures are Ewing in action and at the prizegiving (left to right): Ewin, Simmonds, Garanganga and Mitjana. Picture courtesy of Eunice Visagie