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Sitak eases to third national tennis title

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/12/2016

NZ Tennis player Artem Sitak in a October 2016 file photo taken in Tokyo, Japan. © Koji Watanabe/Getty IMages NZ Tennis player Artem Sitak in a October 2016 file photo taken in Tokyo, Japan. Artem Sitak has blitzed top seed Finn Tearney in straight sets to clinch a third New Zealand tennis championships singles title.

Sitak, who is ranked 62nd in the world in doubles, won 6-2 6-0 over an off-key Tearney to book a wildcard berth in the main draw for next month's ASB Classic, also in Auckland.

Russian-born Sitak was delighted to add to titles won in 2010 and 2013. He was also the runner-up last year.

After years of trying to qualify for the ASB Classic, New Zealand's stop on the ATP Tour, the 30-year-old is relieved to earn direct entry.

However, his success this week is unlikely to prompt a return to singles tennis, having forged a decent career for the past two seasons playing doubles.

Sitak also clinched a fourth national doubles crown, teaming with Marcuss Daniell to beat Tearney and Ben Mclachlan 6-1 6-4 in the decider.

Earlier, third seed Jade Lewis beat Paige Hourigan 5-7 6-3 6-1 in the battle of the teenagers to decide the women's title.

Lewis, who turns 18 on Sunday, played solid tennis in the last two sets to overcome US-based Hourigan, 19.

The daughter of leading coach David Lewis and the niece of former Wimbledon finalist Chris Lewis, she says it is time to emerge from their shadows.

"It wasn't my dad winning it or my uncle winning it," she said.

"Yeah they have won it and my dad helped me as much coach, but it was me on the court winning as me."

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