Kesaris On Course for Second Title

Top-seeded Damon Kesaris of South Africa stayed on course to win a second title in Namibia when easily beat Ien Schouten of the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the NTA 18 amp U ITF event on Thursday.

Kesaris was hardly extended as he beat the unseeded Schouten 6-1, 6-1 to book his place in the semifinals, where he will meet his third-seeded compatriot Timothy Dollman.

The third-seeded Dollman beat another South African, the fifth-seeded Bertus Kruger 6-2, 6-4.

Kesaris easily beat Dollmann 6-2, 6-2 in last week’s Grade 4 ITF South Central Circuit final, and will start as the favourite to once again beat Dollman and reach his second successive final.

The fourth-seeded Joshua Howard Tripp of South Africa had little trouble in beating the ninth-seeded Muzingaye Sibanda of Zimbabwe 6-2, 6-1 and he will now meet the sixth-seeded Mehluli Sibanda of Zimbabwe, who beat Sipho Montsi of South Africa 7-5, 6-2.

The 15th seed Montsi had earlier caused an upset when he beat second seed Calvin Jordaan of South Africa 6-1, 6-4 but on Thursday Sibanda was too powerful for him.

In the girls singles, the top seeds Nicole Petchey and Nadine de Villiers of South Africa safely made it to the semifinals.

The top seeded Petchey beat compatriot Megan Lombardi 6-3, 7-5 and will now meet Casandra Metzer of South Africa, who made a fine comeback to beat Nency Chipan of France 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

The second seed De Villiers was pushed all the way before beating the seventh seed Rufaro Chirewa of Zimbabwe 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. De Villiers will meet the sixth seed, Helena Jansen Figueras of Spain in Friday’s semifinals, after the Spaniard beat Maxine Bateman of South Africa, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in a close encounter.

The boys and girls semifinals both take place at the Central Tennis Courts on Friday morning, starting at 08h30.

The boys and girls finals will both be played on Saturday, starting at 08h30.

Source : The Namibian