Barnard Twins to Meet in Final

Twin sisters Lee and Zani Barnard will face each other in the Women’s U18 final of the ITF South and Central African tournament in Windhoek on Saturday morning.

Remarkably, both South African twins were unseeded at the start of the tournament but both produced giant killing acts to reach the final.

In Friday’s semifinals, Zani Barnard beat the top seed Nicole Dzenga from Zimbabwe 7-5, 6-3 with a tenacious and fighting display. She gave a confident display, with g ground strokes and serves and forced Dzenga into too many unforced errors.

Barnard had previously beaten the third seed Nadine de Villers and the sixth seed Nelise Verster on her way to the final.

Her twin, Lee, who can be distinguished by the ankle projector that she wears on her right leg, beat unseeded South African, Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg 7-5, 6-2 in another tough encounter. Lee had earlier beaten her fourth seeded compatriot Katie Poluta and eighth seeded Amelie Boy from Mauritius.

The Barnard twins were in great form and remarkably beat another pair of twins, Huibre-Mare and Louise-Mare Botes 6-2, 6-1 to reach the final.

In Saturday’s final they will face the top seeds Katie Poluta and Nadine de Villiers who beat the fourth seeded South Africans Lyndsay Truscott and Nelise Verster 6-3, 7-6 to reach the final.

In the U18 men’s competition the top seed Courtney Lock of Zimbabwe will meet the fourth seeded South African JD Malan in the final.

Lock beat Dylan Foo-Kune of Mauritius 7-5, 6-2 in Thursday’s semifinal, eventually prevailing with his big serve.

Malan beat the second seeded South African Kris van Wyk 6-4, 7-6 in a tightly contested match where some marginal points were often queried.

In the men’s doubles semi finals, the Kellerman brothers Francois and Okkie beat the top seeded Courtney Lock (Zimbabwe) and Kris van Wyk (South Africa) 6-3, 7-6 and will now meet the fourth seeds Hubert Badenhorst (SA) and Dylan Foo-Kune, who beat the second seeds from South Africa, Calvin Jordaan and JD Malan 6-3, 6-4.

Source : The Namibian