Swiss Nalani Buob made her first appearance in South Africa a winning one, celebrating her first Polokwane Open title at the Polokwane Tennis Club on Tuesday, 27 June, 2016.
Third seed Buob has completed a magical week of tennis with her finest performance of all, stunning second seed Thando Hlatswayo to win her first title in South Africa, and ending her hope with a 6-3 7-5 defeat to secure the title.
Hlatswayo hammered tennis balls too quick and took the first lead 2-1 in the opening set. Boub came back strong to win two games in a row to turn the plates around and took the lead and clinched the set 6-3.
In the deciding set, the determined Swiss had been playing inspired tennis. From the opening game when she broke to love, it was obvious that Boub meant business. Aggressive and dogged, the world number four junior was striking the ball like a player ranked higher.
Buob said she played her best tennis in Polokwane and she is very thrilled to take the title for the first time. “It is my first time coming to South Africa and I am very excited to have won three titles on my first Futures event in the country”.
The 15-year-old celebrated triple success when she defeated unseeded Nosipho Hlatswayo for the junior girls’ title, and clinching the doubles with South Africa’s Mariska Venter.
Results of the Airports Company South Africa Polokwane Open, an ITF Futures Tournament part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, at the Polokwane Tennis Club in Polokwane on Tuesday, 28 June 2016:
3-Nalani Buob (SUI) bt 2-Thando Hlatshwayo 6-3 7-5
1-Nalani Buob (SUI) bt Nosipho Hlatswayo 6-0 6-1
1-Mariska Venter/ Nalani Buob (SUI) bt 2-Thando Hlatswayo/ Mabel Mankgele 6-2 6-4
Photo 1 caption: A winning smile for Switzerland’s Nalani Buob who walked away with the Open, Junior and Doubles titles of the Airports Company South Africa Polokwane Open at the Polokwane Tennis Club in Polokwane on Tuesday, 28 June 2016
With editing by gsport