13 April 2017 | Tennis SA

Edward Winter (Glenelg, SA) is the 12-and-under Australian Grasscourt champion for 2017, after taking out the boys’ title in Berri today.

South Australia’s No.1 12-year-old defeated fellow South Australian Doni Gashi 6-2 6-1 to win the tournament, played in Berri for the first time this week.

“I felt great, I was playing really well today. All credit to Doni, he played well but I pulled out with the win today,” Winter said after his match.

“It was tough {playing against Doni], it was great sportsmanship all round,” Winter added.

In other singles finals action, [4] Tai Sach (Qld) defeated [3] Cooper White (Vic) 6-2 3-6 6-1 to win the
14-and-under boys’ championship.

On the girls’ side, top seed Hana Sonton (Qld) overcame [2] Catherine Auila (NSW) 6-2 6-1 to win the 12-and-under girls’ championship and [1] Tina Smith (Qld) defeated [5] Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz (SA) 3-6 7-5 6-3 to win the 14-and-under girls’ championship.

South Australians were also dominant in the doubles events. Results were as follows:

14/u boys’ doubles

Terry Karahalios (SA) / Edward Vo (SA) d Alex Carroll (SA) / Patrick Douglas (SA) 2-6 6-4 [10-8]

14/u girls’ doubles

Jasmine Adams (SA) / Alana Repanich (SA) d [2] Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz (SA) / Maggie Pearce (SA) 6-4 6-2

12/u boys’ doubles

[1] Jeremy Jin (NSW) / Owen Yu-Hao Lin (Qld) d Zachary Viiala (WA) / Kent Yamazaki (WA) 6-2 6-3

12/u girls’ doubles

[1] Catherine Aulia (NSW) / Hana Sonton (Qld) d [2] Jessica-Jade Haylo (Qld) / Cassidy Mataia (Qld) 4-6 6-4 [11-9]

The finals were a fitting climax to a tournament that has hosted 128 players from around Australia over the past week, giving all the opportunity to play for national titles and Australian ranking points.

“Tennis SA is delighted to have hosted the 12 and 14-and-under Australian Grasscourt Championships,” Tennis SA CEO Steven Baldas said.

“This event marks the second time South Australia has held a tournament of this kind and we are thrilled to have been a part of it.”

“Tennis Australia is pleased to have been in Berri for the Australian Grasscourt Championships over the past week,” Tennis Australia Tournaments Development Manager Francis Soyer said.

“Congratulations to all the players who have been a part of the tournament and our thanks to the Berri-View Lawn Tennis Club for their generous hospitality, time and efforts.”