24 Dec 2012

King-Turner wins NZ men's singles title

9:02 am on 24 December 2012

Dan King-Turner has won his second New Zealand Tennis Championships title, defeating Artem Sitak 6-4 6-2 in the men's final at Albany.

King-Turner broke Sitak's serve in the first game of the match and continued to hold, seeing it out then winning the next set, despite Sitak's comeback.

Sitak was 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 upcoming ATP tournament, the Heineken Open - as well as a nice winner's cheque.

Earlier the 15-year-old Whanganui player Paige Hourigan fell short in three sets to Aucklander Imogen Golder in the women's final.

But Hourigan, who had already defended her New Zealand junior title and has now been given a wildcard into the Auckland Classic qualifying, had six match ponits in the third set before losing the encounter in a tiebreak, Golder winning 4-6 6-0 7-6.

Hourigan and Golder were both selected for an extended national Fed Cup squad, along with Marina Erakovic, Di Hollands, Emily Fanning, Emma Hayman and Abigail Guthrie.

Fanning is under an injury cloud.