Top Junior Tennis Action in Windhoek

The International Tennis Federation South and Central African Junior Grade 4 Tournament which is currently taking place at the National Tennis Stadium in Windhoek, is in full swing with more than 100 young players from all over the world in action.

Most of the players are from SADC nations like South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Botswana and Mozambique, but others from as far afield as Great Britain, Germany, Belgium and India are also competing as they aim to improve their ITF junior rankings.

In the Boys U18 singles matches on Wednesday, the top seeded Courtney Lock of Zimbabwe beat Timothy Dollman of South Africa in three sets. Dollman got off to a fast start, taking the first set 6-1, but Lock, who is ranked 224th on the world junior rankings, found his rhythm to take the next two sets 6-1, 6-2 to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Lock will meet the sixth-seeded Calvin Jordaan of South Africa in the quarterfinals, after Jordaan comfortably beat compatriot Max Grobbelaar 6-2, 6-2 in their third round encounter on Wednesday.

The second-seeded Kris van Wyk of South Africa beat compatriot Jake Weatherhead 6-4, 6-4, and will now meet compatriot Okkie Kellerman, who beat Mark Chigaazira of Zimbabwe 6-2, 6-1.

Other quarterfinal match-ups on Thursday morning will see the fifth-seeded Dylan Foo-Kune up against the 16th seed Damon Kesaris of South Africa, while the fourth seed JD Malan of South Africa will meet Alwyn Mushonga of Zimbabwe. In the only major upset so far, Kesaris beat the third-seeded Francois Kellerman of South Africa 6-2, 7-5 in their third round encounter.

The only Namibian player to progress past the first round of the competition was Fritz Jacobs, who beat Fabio Mendes of Mozambique 6-2, 6-1, before losing 6-0, 6-2 to Calvin Jordaan of South Africa.

In the Girls U18 singles competition, the unseeded Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg of South Africa caused the first major upset when she beat her second-seeded compatriot Huibre Mare Botes 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday.

Janse van Rensburg will now meet compatriot Lindsay Trustcott in Thursday morning’s quarterfinals.

The top-seeded Nicole Dzenga of Zimbabwe beat Manuela Huckfeldt of South Africa and will now meet the fifth-seeded Louse-Mare Botes in the quarterfinals, after Botes beat compatriot Casandra Metzer 6-4, 6-1.

In another upset Zani Barnard of South Africa beat compatriot and fourth seeded Nadine de Villiers 7-5, 6-2, and will now meet the sixth-seeded South African Nelise Verster, who beat Beverly Matsiwe of Zimbabwe 6-0, 6-2.

In the final quarterfinal match-up on Thursday morning, the fourth seeded Katie Poluta of South Africa will face compatriot Lee Barnard.

None of Namibia’s players progressed past the first round, although Lize Elfrida Moolman gave a great performance before losing in three sets to the sixth-seeded Nelise Verster of South Africa. In a close encounter, Verster won the first set 7-5, but Moolman fought back to win the second set 7-6, before Verster won the deciding third set 6-3.

Source : The Namibian