Jarmere Jenkins has overcome Australian teen Omar Jasika in a tense final to claim the Cairns Tennis International Pro Tour event. In a final featuring the top seed against the reigning US Open junior champion, Jenkins ultimately prevailed 3-6 6-4 6-4.
Jasika looked right at home in his first Pro Tour singles final as he took the first set after breaking Jenkins midway through the set. Errors continued to fly off Jenkins’ racquet and Jasika made him pay, going up 3-1 in the second set.
After staving off several break points Jenkins got into his groove, getting the break back and eventually sending the match into a deciding third set. Jasika again got the early break only to see Jenkins rediscover his game and level the third set at four games all.
After an extended deuce game Jenkins came away with the break, and served out the match in convincing fashion. “He’s a great player and certainly has a great career ahead of him,” said Jenkins. Earlier, the women’s final was contested between Japan’s Ayaka Okuno and Ellen Allgurin from Sweden.
Okuno, contesting her first final, never looked troubled as she stormed through the first set, yet nerves kicked in during the second allowing Allgurin to level at five games all. Okuno regained her composure and was able to seal the match with a well-timed volley to win 6-1 7-5.
“I knew I had the game to win and was just happy to get the victory and my first title,” she said.