Barnard to Meet Poluta in Final

Zani Barnard and Katie Poluta of South Africa will contest the girls final of the ITF Junior African South and Central Grade 5 tournament in Windhoek on Friday morning after both easily won their semifinal matches on Thursday.

The unseeded Barnard took revenge on her twin sister Lee, who had beaten her in last weekend’s Grade 4 tournament final, with a straight sets 6-3, 6-2 victory. In the quarter-finals, Zani had beaten the third-seeded Nadine de Villiers of South Africa 6-4, 6-4, while Lee had beaten the top-seeded Nicole Dzenga of Zimbabwe 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.

The fourth-seeded Poluta beat her second-seeded compatriot Huibre-Mare Botes 6-1, 6-2 in yesterday’s semifinal, while Poluta beat another South African, Lyndsay Truscott 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

In the boys singles quarterfinals, Okkie Kellerman of South Africa provided the biggest upset when he beat his second-seeded compatriot Kris van Wyk 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Kellerman will now meet his fourth-seeded compatriot JD Malan in today’s semifinals, after Malan beat compatriot Hubert Badenhorst 6-2, 7-5.

The top-seeded Courtney Lock of Zimbabwe progressed to the semifinals after beating the sixth-seeded Calvin Jordaan of South Africa 6-3, 6-1.

Lock will meet the third-seeded South African Francois Kellerman in this morning’s semifinal, after Kellerman beat Dylan Foo-Kune of Mauritius 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

The girls doubles final will be contested between the top seeds, Katie Poluta and Nadine de Villiers of South Africa and the unseeded Ciney Bekker of South Africa and Sophie Gerits of Belgium.

In Thursday’s semifinals, De Villiers and Poluta beat Lee and Zani Barnard 7-6, 6-7, 10-7, while Bekker and Gerits beat the fourth-seeded Lyndsay Truscott and Nelise Verster of South Africa 6-1, 1-6, 10-7.

There were no upsets in the boys doubles as the top four seeds all progressed to the semifinals.

The top-seeded Courtney Lock and Kris van Wyk will take on the third-seeded Okkie and Francois Kellerman, while the second-seeded Calvin Jordaan and JD Malan will take on the fourth-seeded Hubert Badenhorst and Dylan Foo-Kune.

Friday’s matches at the National Tennis Stadium in Olympia will start at 08h30, while the U18 girls’ final is scheduled to start at 10h00.

Source : The Namibian