Teen Paige Hourigan has fallen at the final hurdle, going down 6-4, 0-6, 7-6(6) to Imogen Golder in the NZ Tennis Championship final.
Hourigan, 15, looked the favourite for the title after taking the first set 6-4 against seventh seeded 20-year-old Golder from Auckland, who is currently on a scholarship at Purdue University in Indiana.
However the consistency of Golder showed through as she quickly wrapped up the second set 6-0 and it proved to be all on in the third set.
Hourigan still looked the more powerful of the two as the set progressed and it came to Golder serving at 5-6 down. Hourigan had two match points in that game but Golder ground it out and held serve to take the contest to a tie break.
Hourigan against had match points, this time four of them, but Golder again held on to eventually take the tie break and the match 7-6(6).
Golder has now been confirmed in an extended Fed Cup squad which also includes Marina Erakovic, Hourigan, Di Hollands, Emily Fanning (injury dependent), Emma Hayman and Abigail Guthrie
The men's final was a little more straight forward as Dan King-Turner won his second NZ Championship title defeating Artem Sitak in straight sets.
The pair had warmed up together and know each others games well. Both have big serves, but it was King-Turner who was able to break Sitak's serve in the first game of the match before holding to take the first set 6-4.
The second set had Sitak leading 2-1 on serve before King-Turner reeled off the next five games in a row and sealed himself a qualifying spot in the Heineken Open as well as a nice winners cheque.
Women's singles final:
(7)Imogen Golder(Auckland) bt (5)Paige Hourigan(Wanganui)4-6 6-0 7-6(6)
Men's singles final
(1)Dan King-Turner(Auckland) bt Artem Sitak(Auckland) 6-4 6-2
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