Teen con­tin­ues to im­press as he makes his se­nior de­but

TEN­NIS

Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT -

Nico Fouche, 14, has con­verted his dom­i­nant ju­nior form into a siz­zling de­but at open sin­gles level at the Gold­fields Ten­nis Club on Wed­nes­day.

Hav­ing won the gold divi­sion for the past two sea­sons, Nico moved up to open for what was his tough­est chal­lenge yet, against last sea­son’s open cham­pion Karol Mi­hal.

But the young­ster broke through with a dom­i­nant 6-2 6-0 win.

The match was punc­tu­ated with sev­eral long ral­lies and big hit­ting.

Stephan Fouche was un­able to make it a pair of wins, go­ing down in straight sets to Dar­ren Wil­liams 6-0 6-3. In gold divi­sion, Mi­lan Nathoo spoiled the re­turn af­ter four years of Chris Sheed with a 6-0 6-1 vic­tory, while Deon Prinsloo was too con­sis­tent for Madi­son Macgre­gor, win­ning 6-3 6-2.

Si­mon Ayles re­quired three sets to get past Ben Walker in the sil­ver divi­sion, fin­ish­ing a 6-5 3-6 6-2 vic­tor.

Twelve-year-old Marni Richter was forced to work hard by Kylie Reed, los­ing the first set 5-6, be­fore win­ning the last two 6-3 and 6-0 to tri­umph.

Chris Hole took on Paul Kenny, suc­ceed­ing 6-4 6-4.

The Spring Sin­gles takes place ev­ery Wed­nes­day at 6.45pm.

Pic­tures: Louise White

Shane Power un­leashes a back­hand.

A com­posed Lorin Monck hits a fore­hand.

David Mortensen gets down low.

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