Favourites Upset in Tennis League

After starting the league with a crushing victory against CTC B, CTC A was stopped in its tracks this past weekend when beaten by CTC C in the Men’s Second League.

In a tense encounter between the two teams from the same club, the C team beat the A team by 13 points to 7.

In the singles matches the C team’s Mkhululi Khuphe comprehensively beat CTC A’s Eno Akpabio 6-0, 6-1 while CTC C’s second player Risto Shikongo won a tough match against CTC A’s Kuda Chani 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. Shikongo is only 13 years old from the NTA FNB’s national development programme and did well to upstage his more experienced opponent Chani.

In the doubles matches the A team picked six points (from three matches) when firstly the Sam KaulingeBob Mould partnership beat the C team’s David IpingeKudzai Gangayi combination 6-4, 6-3, while the A team’s AkpabioChani beat CTC C’s IpingeGangayi 6-4, 6-4. The C team won one of the doubles matches when Khuphe teamed up with Shikongo to beat Kaulinge and Mould 6-1, 7-5.

In the other men’s second league matches played this past weekend, CTC Polytechnic were the big winner when they trounced Nampol by 19 points to 1.

In that match Polytechnic’s Colin Nyandoro thrashed Nampol’s Jacob Steenkamp 6-0, 6-0 while the Polytechnic’s second singles player Prince Loemba beat Nampol’s Leon Engelbrecht 6-4, 6-2.

In the first doubles match the Polytechnic team of Masoka Mabhena and Clive Alex Gawanab beat Nampol’s Dan Nel and Thomas Weber 6-1, 6-2.

In the reverse doubles matches, Mabhena and Gawanab beat Jacob and Leon 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Nyandoro and Loemba also teamed up to beat Nampol’s Nel and Weber 6-1, 6-4 to round up a comprehensive 19-1 win.

Polytechnic’s team captain Robert Riethmueller was happy with his side: “The results are a bit deceiving. The matches were much tighter than the score seems to show, but the boys played very well,” he said.

In another Second League match played at the Central Tennis Club, the CTC OTB team beat CTC B by 15 points to 5.

In that match OTB’s Peter Brinkmann was too g for development player Yed Malan, winning the match 6-0, 6-0.

In the second singles, OTB’s Bas Rijnen beat the B team’s Massorry Ickua 6-2, 6-1.

In the doubles matches, the B team picked up some points when Kyalo Kitheka and Tafadzwa Chakara beat OTB’s Dirk Stein and Gerardo Reis 6-1, 2-6, 10-7.

Young Yed Malan teamed up with Lawrence Kahindi to beat OTB’s Stein and Reis 6-0, 6-1.

OTB’s Brinkmann and Rijnen then teamed up to restore their team’s dominance by beating Kitheka and Chakare 6-1, 6-0 and to complete a 15-5 victory for OTB.

SKW’s men’s second league team had a bye this past weekend and did not play. The two men’s first league matches scheduled for this past week-end were not played after the Nampol v SKW 2 match was postponed by the teams. The CTC v DTS match fizzled out after DTS failed to raise a team and CTC were awarded the points.

In the women’s section only one match was played with CTC A playing CTC B. The other women’s match between SKW and DTS was postponed.

In the CTC A v CTC B match the A team’s Mellisa Khupe beat the B team’s Mary-Beth Gallagher 6-4, 6-2 in the first singles match, while the A team’s Taimi Nashiku easily beat Joyce Stals 6-0, 6-1.

In the doubles matches Khupe and Nashiku combined to beat the B team’s Lena Brinkmann and Sabina Hancock 6-0, 6-3, while the A team’s Lissa Yssel and Megan Lombardt teamed up to beat Brinkmann and Hancock 4-6, 6-1, 10-8.

CTC B salvaged one point from the doubles when the GallagherStals team comprehensively beat Yssel and Lombardt 6-0, 6-1 in the reverse doubles match. The overall score ended with CTC A winning by 16 points to 4.

The league continues in three weeks time on Saturday, 13 June.

Source : The Namibian