Ollie’s daughter wins SA Nationals

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Donna le Roux during the U14 final at the National Championship in Bloemfontein where she beat Rune van Wyk. PHOTO: CHARLE LOMBARD/ TENNIS SA

The daughter of the former Springbok and Free State tighthead prop, Ollie le Roux, has made a big statement during the Junior Nationals tennis tournament which was hosted in Bloemfontein last week.

During his career, Le Roux, played in close to 275 first-class game for various teams which included the Free State, Cheetahs, Sharks and Leinster. This number does not include the 54 Tests he played for the Springboks between 1994 and 2002.

In his youth, Le Roux was also a very accomplished squash player, and if Donna takes after her famous father in any way, she may just go on to play tennis on the big stage in the WTA Tour.

Donna, who was the second-seeded player in her age group, won the under-14 tournament with an easy 6-2, 6-0 victory over third seed Rune van Wyk at the Free State Tennis Stadium.

The event was the South African leg of WTA Future Stars series.

The girl’s Under-14 and Under-16 singles winners at the premier junior event won an all-expenses-paid trip to Shenzhen in China to represent South Africa at the WTA Future Stars global finals.

Le Roux said that she had to fight during the course of the tournament and the trip to go and play in China excites her.

WTA Future Stars is a singles competition for girls in the Under-14 and Under-16 age categories that culminates in a global final held in the lead-up to the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen – the WTA’s season finale, which will be held in China in November of this year.
WTA Future Stars was established in 2014 and includes participating countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Great Britain, India and the USA. This year, players from more than 25 countries and regions will make the trip of a lifetime to Shenzhen, where they will pit their skills against their peers and benefit from a diverse off-court programme including development seminars and mentoring by some of the greats of the game.

In 2019, the WTA Future Stars finalists had the chance to attend meet-and-greet with WTA Legends and WTA players like Martina Hingis, Mary Pierce, Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu, receive mentorship from Zheng Jie, Alicia Molik, and Casey Dellacqua, and attend clinics hosted by WTA Finals Community Ambassador Judy Murray.

Singles – Final Results
Girls Open [3] Ine LAMPRECHT (GN) bt [5] Sarah MILLARD (GC) 6-3, 6-1
Girls Under-16 [3] Lilitha NDUNGANE (GE) bt [4] Kaitlyn RAMDUTH (KZN) 6-1, 6-1
Girls Under-14 [2] Donna LE ROUX (FS) bt [3] Rune VAN WYK 6-2, 6-0
Girls Under-12 [2] Roxy BREDENKAMP (WL) bt [1] Jahnie VAN ZYL (NW) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Boys Open [4] William ZULCH (WL) bt [1] Daniël WESSELS (GR) 6-4, 6-3
Boys Under-16 [3] Kyle ERWEE (GN) bt [1] Drikus DE JAGER (GR) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Boys Under-14 [3] Willem DE WAAL (WL) bt [13] Siyabonga JACA (KZN) 6-4, 6-4
Boys Under-12 [7] Guy LEVINER (GC) bt [2] Stefano ROUSSOS (GC) 6-3, 6-0 – MORGAN PIEK