Former Cantab King-Turner wins NZ tennis title
Former Canterbury tennis player Dan King-Turner netted his second national men's singles title with a straight sets win against Artem Sitak in Auckland yesterday.
King-Turner, who has made guest appearances at club level for Cashmere this season, downed Sitak 6-4 6-2 in the final and the win earned him a place in the qualifying draw for the Heineken Open tournament next month also in Auckland.
King-Turner had earlier overcome 17-year-old Cameron Norrie (Auckland) also in straight sets in a semifinal while Sitak qualified by downing Sean Berman (North Harbour) 6-3 6-2.
In the women's final seventh ranked Imogen Golder (Auckland) beat 15-year old Paige Hourigan (Wanganui) in a three-set final 4-6 6-0 7-6. Hourigan was on the verge of victory with four match points but the 20-year old Golder ground out victory.
Fifth-ranked Hourigan upset top seed Di Hollands, from Southern, also in a three set semi-final 3-6 6-4 6-4. Golder, of Auckland, who is on scholarship to Purdue University in the United States beat Kataraina Hunia 7-5 6-1.
Hollands, Golder, Hourigan, New Zealand's leading player Marina Erakovic, Emily Fanning (injury dependent), Emma Hayman and Abigail Guthrie have been named in an extended New Zealand Fed Cup squad.
Golder and Hourigan have gained wildcard entries into the qualifying tournament for the ASB Classic.
Meanwhile former world No 2 Vera Zvonareva (Russia) has withdrawn from the tournament early in the New Year with a shoulder injury.
She had been a wild card entry and now 2011 champion Greta Arn of Hungary is tipped to replace her. The other wildcard has gone to 2003 and 2004 champion Eleni Daniilidou of Greece.