Sunday, 03 October 2021 16:53

Kruger completes stunning run,lifts maiden title in Tshwane.

By Anthony Moruthane.

Tshwane, 03 October 2021 - South African rising star Zoe Kruger stormed back from a set down to beat Dutch fifth seed Suzan Lamens 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and clinch her first ITF Pro title at the Tuks International on Sunday.

"I am extremely happy with my performance and result today, especially since it's my first professional title," said Kruger.

It was a stunning performance that showcased the potential that has long been spoken of Kruger in Tshwane, where she has been known as a child prodigy since the age of four.

"I actually had my first tennis lesson on court number 5 at Tuks tennis court, so it's such an honour to win my first title here as well.

The 19-year-old, who upset French top seed Tessah Andrianjafitrimo in the quarterfinals, made a slow start and dropped the opening set but produced an instant response in the second set, winning the set 6-4.

"I think I played very well, especially in the second set. I started to find my groove and rhythm, and the new balls helped a lot.

Kruger did not let up in the third, surging to a 5-1 lead before Lamens fought back to 5-4. Kruger eventually managed to close out the victory 6-4.

"Thanks to my family and friends for coming to support, I really appreciate it so much.  I am really looking forward to the future. I am going to start playing several tournaments overseas," added Kruger.

In the men's event, Japanese third seed Rio Noguchi clinched the men's singles title with a straight sets victory 6-3, 7-5 over Filip Peliwo of Canada.