Christchurch tennis players dominate singles tournament

CHAMPS: Diego Quispe-Kim won the boys title while Auckland's Sasha Situe won the girls title. PHOTO: TennisNZ

Papanui’s Diego Quispe-Kim overcame Fendalton’s Liam Barrett in straight sets to lift the 12 and under national title on Thursday.

Played at Wilding Park, Linwood, the tournament saw competitors from all over the country vie for singles and doubles titles.

Hillview Christian School’s Duncan McCall beat Auckland’s Jack Chapman in a play-off for third, 6-1, 3-6, 8-10, meaning Christchurch players took all three spots on the podium.

Diego, who plays for the Waimairi club, went through the tournament without dropping a set, showing great ability to get past Liam, 6-3, 6-2, in the final.

He beat Wellington’s Tom Bevan, 6-2, 6-1, in the opening round before sweeping past Auckland’s Jamie MacKenzie, 6-4, 6-2.

Diego then met South Brighton’s Ethan Cooke in the quarter-final and cruised to victory, 6-2, 6-2.

He played Jack in the semi-final beating him, 6-2, 6-0.

Te Kura Hagley Park club head coach Hugo Nurse-Strang trained Liam and said it was a fantastic final, played between two very good young players.

It was great to have Cantabrians in the top three. I don’t think that has happened before, we are normally lucky to have one in the final, so this is really great,” he said.

Diego also played in the doubles with Auckland’s Rion Suga, but was beaten in the quarter-final, 6-0, 6-0, by Nelson’s ​Finn Burridge and Auckland’s Dominik Wijntjes.

St Martins School’s Ruby Young and Hutt Valley’s Rosearna Stairmand were beaten by Auckland’s Kristina Bogomazova and Sasha Situe in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, in the girls doubles final.

Jack Chapman and Nelson’s Harry Pugh won the boys doubles against Auckland’s Lev Gorb and Jamie MacKenzie, 2-6, 6-3, 10-4.

Sasha beat Kristina in the girls final, 6-0, 6-1.