On saturday the 27th of march I flew to Johannesburg to play two tournaments. The first tournament was in Benoni. This ITF-1 event was a warm up for the second Super Series event of this year. I played some good matches here, beating Lucy Shuker in the quarter final and world number 3 Aniek van Koot in the semi final. But eventually I lost the singles final against world number 2 Yui Kamiji 4-6 6-4 3-6. And Aniek and I lost the doubles final the same day against Kamiji/Buis. But it was great to play that many matches on high altitude, as the balls fly more. It was important to get used to this before the start of the 2nd Super Series event in Jo’burg.
After having a bye in the 1st round, I played Macarena Cabrillana from Chile for the first time in my career. It was a solid match and I won 6-2 6-0. In the quarter final I played Kgothatso Montjane. In 2013 I lost to her at this tournament and she is playing in her home country. With the crowd on her side, I expected a strong performance and a tough battle. But my level was good and Montjane made a lot of errors. I won the quarter final 6-1 6-1.
In the semi final I played Jordanne Whiley. Playing good tennis in the quarter final, I was disappointed by my level in the first set against Whiley. 3-5 and 15-40 down I saved two matchpoints and came back to 5-5. After that I played two sloppy games loosing the first set 7-5. But the comeback in the 1st set gave me some confidence. I started well in the second set, taking a 3-0 lead and after that raced to a 6-0 win in the second. I pulled through in the third set taking it 6-2.
In the final I played Sabine Ellerbrock. I played a strong first set, winning it 6-2. At the beginning of the second set I had some chances to take a lead, but didn’t convert. At 5-4 I had my first matchpoint, but because of a double fault I didn’t take it. At 6-5 I had 5 matchpoints, but Sabine fought back on all those matchpoints. But eventually, on my 7th matchpoint I ‘pulled the trigger’ and won the match 6-2 7-5.
Aniek and I reached the doubles final by beating Kamiji/Niho in the quarter final and Ellerbrock/Matthewson in the semifinal. The doubles final was spread out over two days. We played Buis/Montjane and we started the final on friday. Aniek and I took the first set 6-3, but after that it was to dark to continue. So after the singles final on saturday we continued our doubles final. Aniek and I played offensive tennis and we took a 5-0 lead. We got one matchpoint but didn’t take it. On 5-1 we got our second matchpoint and won the match 6-3 6-1. Two Super Series titles this week, so I’m flying home a happy lady!!