Second LTF Tournament Starts in Windhoek

A second ITF Junior African tournament started in Windhoek on Monday, after the completion of the Grade 4 tournament in Windhoek on Saturday.

The latest Grade 5 tournament, saw more than 100 young players from Southern Africa and European countries battling it out with the aim of improving their ITF junior rankings.

Namibian players lost all their first round matches in both the boys and girls singles competitions on Monday.

In the boys’ competition, Clemens Roeber was thumped 6-0, 6-0 by South Africa’s James Roelofse, while Veja Hinda lost in three sets to Shabani Kabura of Burundi, going down 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Dantago Gawanab lost 6-2, 6-0 to Nigel Makambwa of Zimbabwe, while Luke Symonds Mayes lost 6-0, 6-0 to South Africa’s Leon Olivier.

Fritz Jacobs lost 6-2, 6-1 to Altus Karsten of South Africa while Pieter Theron lost 6-2, 6-0 to Germany’s Toby Huffer.

Ruvan van Staden lost 7-5, 6-0 to Batsirai Saurombe of Zimbabwe, while Kudzai Toto lost 6-0, 6-1 to Willie van Zyl of South Africa.

In the girls’ singles competition, Anika Henning was drawn against last weekend’s winner Lee Barnard of South Africa and gave little resistance, going down 6-0, 6-0, while Juliane Schuckmann gave a fine performance against the third seeded South African, Nadine de Villiers, before losing the match 7-5, 6-4.

Jessica Riedel lost 6-1, 6-2 against Nthabiseng Mogopodi of Botswana Nina Burger lost 6-2, 6-0 to Botho Tawana of Botswana, and Chu-rids Nel lost 6-0, 6-0 to Casandra Metzer of South Africa.

The top seeds will all be in action in Tuesday morning’s matches at the National Tennis Stadium in Olympia, after receiving byes for Monday’s first round matches.

In the boys competition, the top-seeded Courtney Lock of Zimbabwe will meet James Roelofse of South Africa the second-seeded Kris van Wyk will face Tatenda Murape of Zimbabwe the third seeded Francois Kellerman of South Africa will face Ngonidzashe Makambwa of Zimbabwe and the fourth seeded JD Malan, who won last weekend’s tournament, will face Muzingaye Sibanda of Zimbabwe.

In the women’s singles competition, the top-seeded Nicole Dzenga of Zimbabwe faces Akanksha Bhan of India the second-seeded Huibre-Mare Botes of South Africa faces Sophie Gerits of Belgium the third-seeded Nadine de Villiers of South Africa faces compatriot Zani Barnard and the fourth seeded Katie Poluta of South Africa faces Botho Tawana of Botswana.

Source : The Namibian