Not even in his wildest dreams did Lloyd Harris think he’d win a fifth consecutive title, but it took just 52 minutes for the 19-year-old South African to beat top-seeded Jordi Samper-Montana from Spain 6-0 6-1 in the final of the Digicall Futures 2 tournament in Stellenbosch.
The second-seeded Harris also won the first tournament in the series of three.
The first set lasted barely 20 minutes. When Samper-Montana won the first game and a few points on Harris’ serve in the second set there were those who thought it would still turn into a proper final. Harris, however, quickly broke the Spaniard’s heart.
‘I really did not think it would go that fast. Jordi is a good player. He has a good world ranking position and regularly plays in the Challenger Series. But I was even more aggressive and solid than usual. I hit a lot of winners and got cheap points with my serve. It also helps a lot if you have won a few games. It gives you confidence with the big shots and important points.’
It was Harris’ 25th consecutive match win.
The top-ranked Chanel Simmonds (pictured above) also successfully defended her title from last week when she won the final against Russia’s Margarita Lazareva 6-1 6-3. The score suggests she had an easy time of it, but Simmonds will be the first to point out that she worked hard to win the match against the third seed.
‘I myself am left-handed, but like any other player I don’t like to play against left-handed players. Everything is just different!’ said Simmonds. ‘I was prepared for a fierce battle after our semi-final of last week when we played three sets.
‘But I won the important points today and that was the difference. It was not easy, but I’m playing good tennis at the moment and I really enjoy playing here,’ said Simmonds.
The third and final Digicall Futures tournament started with qualifying matches already, but main-draw action will start on Tuesday.
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