Hattingh Clinches Maiden Futures Title in Sun City

by | Jun 8, 2014

Unseeded Ilze Hattingh won her maiden Futures silverware title at the Sun City Futures 2 women’s singles title, the 18 year-old Pretoria-based Hattingh upsetting second-seeded France’s Clothilde de Bernardi 6-1 6-3 in the final in Sun City on Saturday.

In took South African junior Ilze Hattingh 1 hour 20 minutes to capture her first-ever Futures title.

Admittedly de Bernardi carried a hip strain injury going into the final but all credit to Hattingh for keeping her composure and focus and dominating the final.

“I was happy with my game but felt I held back a bit maybe because of nerves. It was my first final since the Junior nationals last year, so I was kind of tentative out there,” said Hattingh.

“I was hurting badly out there, and just could not play the game I normally play, and move like I normally do around the court,” said French second-seed Clothilde de Bernardi, after her straight-sets loss to Hattingh. Photo: BLD Communications.“I was keeping pressure on Clothilde because I know she has a good forehand, and I didn’t want her to get into any rhythm with her forehand. But I think I played a great game, not only today in the final, but all week. I am really chuffed with the win,” said the new champion.

A visibly disappointed de Bernardi said she was “frustrated” and “hurting badly” after the final. “My right hip has been giving me so much trouble.

“I am playing my first tournaments in four months at Sun City after sustaining the injury and it’s not better,” said de Bernardi. “I was hurting badly out there, and just could not play the game I normally play, and move like I normally do around the court.”

Hattingh broke early in the opening set and dropped only one game winning the set 6-1.

In the second set, de Bernardi broke in the first game to lead 1-0. Hattingh immediately broke back and in the fourth game Hattingh broke serve to lead 3-1.

“Yes it’s been a real good week,” said Hattingh. “I have played well, had some luck but these are the weeks you work so hard for. I’m glad I am over my injury and back in form.”Photo: BLD Communications.Hattingh then held to lead 4-1 but the fight wasn’t over from de Bernardi who won two games on the trot, saved a break point, to trail Hattingh 3-4. Hattingh then broke serve to lead 5-3 and served out the ninth game to give her the set and match.

It’s been a week to remember for Hattingh. She won the title not dropping a set all week, and shocked top-seed Chanel Simmonds in the quarter-finals. Then she beat third-seeded Madrie le Roux, her doubles partner, in the semi-finals on Friday.

“Yes it’s been a real good week. I have played well, had some luck but these are the weeks you work so hard for. I’m glad I am over my injury and back in form,” said Hattingh.

The women’s doubles title was won by second seeds Agata Baranska from Poland and Stephanie Kent of USA, who were given a walkover after Madrie le Roux fell ill, and Le Roux and partner Ilze Hattingh (seeded four) were forced to withdraw from the final.

The final Futures 3 tournament will start on Monday 9 June with the finals scheduled for Friday 13 June.

 

Final Results of the Sun City Futures 2 played at Sun City, North West Province, on Saturday, 8 June, 2014:
Women’s Singles Final:
Ilze Hattingh (RSA) bt 2-Clothilde De Bernardi (Fra) 6-1 6-3
Women’s Doubles Final:
2-Agata Baranska (Pol)/Stephanie Kent (USA) w/o 4-Ilze Hattingh/Madrie le Roux (RSA) (Madrie le Roux fell ill.)
 
Semi-Final Results of the Sun City Futures 2 played at Sun City, North West Province on Friday, 6 June 2014:
Women’s Singles Semi-final:
2-Clothilde De Bernardi (Fra) bt 4-Natasha Fourouclas (RSA) 6-4 3-6 6-3
Ilze Hattingh (RSA) bt 3-Madrie Le Roux (RSA) 6-4 4-0 (Le Roux retired from influenza)
Women’s Doubles Semi-final:
4-Ilze Hattingh/Madrie le Roux (RSA) bt 1-Michelle Sammons/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) 6-4 7-5
2-Agata Baranska (Pol)/Stephanie Kent (USA) bt 3-Alexandra Riley (USA)/Ani Vangelova (Bul) 7-5 3-6 10-6
 
Quarterfinal Results of the Sun City Futures 2 played at Sun City, North West Province on Thursday, 5 June 2014:
Women’s Singles Quarterfinals:
4-Natasha Fourouclas (RSA) bt 7-Stephanie Kent (USA) 6-1 6-0
2-Clothilde De Bernardi (Fra) bt Lenice van Eyk (RSA) 6-3 6-1
Ilze Hattingh (RSA) bt 1-Chanel Simmonds (RSA) 7-6 (3) 6-2
3-Madrie Le Roux (RSA) bt Nicole Dzenga (Zim) 6-4 6-0
Women’s Dobles Quarterfinals:
1-Michelle Sammons/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) bt Warona Mdlulwa/Lenice van Eyk (RSA) 6-0 6-1
4-Ilze Hattingh/Madrie le Roux (RSA) bt Natasha Fourouclas (RSA)/Vanja Klaric (Srb) 6-1 6-3
3-Alexandra Riley (USA)/Ani Vangelova (Bul) bt Marisa Gianotti (Aus)/Chelsea Te Tai (Nzl) 6-4 7-6 (1)
2-Agata Baranska (Pol)/Stephanie Kent (USA) bt Caitlin Herb/Jeanna Schmidt (RSA) 6-3 6-3
 
Results of Round 2 Singles at the Sun City Futures 2 played at Sun City, North West Province on Wednesday, 4 June, 2014:
1-Chanel Simmonds (RSA) bt Caitlin Herb (RSA) 6-0 6-1
4-Natasha Fourouclas (RSA) bt Nadine de Villiers (RSA) 6-2 6-1
7-Stephanie Kent (USA) bt Samantha Koelliker (Sui) 7-5 6-0
2-Clothilde De Bernardi (Fra) bt Ani Vangelova (Bul) 6-4 7-5
Ilze Hattingh (RSA) bt Zani Barnard (RSA) 6-2 6-2
Lenice van Eyk (RSA) bt Lee Barnard (RSA) 6-3 6-3
Nicole Dzenga (Zim) bt Michelle Erasmus (RSA) 6-0 6-0
3-Madrie le Roux (RSA) bt Vanja Klaric (Srb) 2-6 7-5 6-3
Results of the Doubles Round 1:
1-Michelle Sammons/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) bt Lee Barnard/Zani Barnard (RSA) 6-3 6-1
Warona Mdlulwa/Lenice van Eyk (RSA) w/o Amelie Intert (Ger)/Janet Koch (RSA) (Intert and Koch no show)
4-Ilze Hattingh/Madrie le Roux (RSA) bt Valeria Bhunu/Nicole Dzenga (Zim) 7-6 (2) 6-0
Natasha Fourouclas (RSA)/Vanja Klaric (Srb) bt Shannon Cox (RSA)/Liniques Theron (Nam) 7-6 (2) 6-0
Marisa Gianotti (Aus)/Chelsea Te Tai (Nzl) bt Ciney Bekker (RSA)/Anais Gomar Isart (Esp) 7-6 (4) 6-2
3-Alexandra Riley (USA)/Ani Vangelova (Bul) bt Katie Poluta/Jade Pondicas (RSA) 6-2 6-2
Caitlin Herb/Jeanna Schmidt (RSA) bt Maria Knott (Aus)/Casey Robinson (USA) 7-5 1-6 10-7
2-Agata Baranska (Pol)/Stephanie Kent (USA) bt Lindsay Truscott/Nelise Verster (RSA) 6-2 6-1
 

Photo 1 caption: Unseeded South African junior Ilze Hattingh, from Pretoria in action during the Sun City Futures 2 final on Saturday. Hattingh captured her first futures title by upsetting second seeded Clothilde de Bernardi of France 6-1 6-3 for the title. Photo: BLD Communications.

Photo 2 caption: “I was hurting badly out there, and just could not play the game I normally play, and move like I normally do around the court,” said French second-seed Clothilde de Bernardi, after her straight-sets loss to Hattingh. Photo: BLD Communications.

Photo 3 caption: “Yes it’s been a real good week,” said Hattingh. “I have played well, had some luck but these are the weeks you work so hard for. I’m glad I am over my injury and back in form.”Photo: BLD Communications.

 

(With editing by gsport)

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