The final day of the Growthpoint Junior Nationals came to an exciting conclusion in Mangaung on Monday, 2 November with Bloemfontein’s Delien Kleinhans claiming top honours in the under-18 category.

Kleinhans edged out second seed Kelly Arends from Western Cape 6-1 6-2 to secure the Nationals crown.

In other results, Leigh van Zyl from the Winelands rallied back in the girls U/16 final, after dropping the first set, to win 4-6 6-4 6-1 against Erin Mckenzie (Gauteng East).

Carli Kruger, also from the Winelands region, survived a closely contested battle against MariLouise van Zyl, from the North West, to lift the girls under 14 singles title. Kruger defeated Van Zyl 6-3 3-6 7-5.


Final Results

1-Delien Kleinhans (FS) bt 2-Kelly Arends (WP) 6-1 6-2

1-Leigh van Zyl (BOL) bt Erin Mckenzie (GE) 4-6 6-4 6-1

4-Carli Kruger (BOL) bt 3-MariLouise van Zyl (NW) 6-3 3-6 7-5

1-Morgan Jordaan (GN) bt 4-Allegra van der Walt (NW) 6-3 6-3


Photo 1 Caption: Bloemfontein’s Delien Kleinhans in action during the girls under-18 finals of the Growthpoint Junior Nationals at the Free State Tennis Stadium in Mangaung on Monday, 2 November 2020. Photo: Naude van Zyl