EVANS MARIPA STAGES STUNNING UPSET TO WIN THE JOBURG OPEN
South Africa's Evans Maripa claimed the men’s singles title after a hard fought win on Sunday when he upset world no.14 Japanese Takuya Miki in the Airports Company South Africa Joburg Open final at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium on Thursday.
Maripa was the star player of the day after he staged a stunning upset to defeat the top seed Miki. The superstar played with power, aggression and consistency - and kept his focus to devastating effect - to record a 6-3 7-5 victory over the top seed.
“This is huge for me, it was hot out there and Miki is a tough player but I was able to emerge victorious. I struggled a bit in the second set, I lost focus and made a few errors but I knew I wanted to keep the trophy at home”, said Maripa.
Among the many congratulating Maripa for his incredible triumph today was his opponent Takuya Miki. “Evans is a very good player and he played extremely well today. He really deserve this title”, said Miki following the prize giving ceremony.
It was a stunning win for Maripa, who had only beaten Miki once in their previous 6 matches as he rallied to win in two sets and take the championship at the South African old lady of tennis Ellis Park.
Women’s third seed Busra Un of Turkey was another champion after she put on a finest performance of all, stunning Thando Hlatswayo to win her first International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 3 title. The Turkish star ended Hlatswayo’s hope with a 6-4 6-3 defeat to secure the title. “I am so excited and cannot even express my joy, winning a title on my first visit to South Africa. This is my first big title and I hope to come back to South Africa next year for the April tournaments”, said Un.
Another Turkey player to clinch a title was Aysegul Zirarsiz who edged out third seed Wendy Hlongwane 6-0 6-0 in an hour two-setter Joburg Open junior girls final.
In the quads tournament, world no.3 and top seed Lucas Sithole had a far less dramatic time easing past Israel second seed Haim Lev 6-1 6-4 in just over an hour to take the quads singles title.
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