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Junior tennis players qualify for semi finals

by Rodney Pienaar

Namibia’s Junior Under 14 and 16 groups have qualified for the semi-finals at the double set game for the Southern Africa Junior Championship currently underway at Gaborone, Botswana.

The games are part of the Confederation of African Tennis.

Both teams have displayed great discipline and made their opponents run for their money as the Namibian teams showed great determination and skill yesterday, the Namibia Tennis Association President Samson Kaulinge told The Villager Sport.

“All the matches were very interesting, winning did not come easy for our girls and boys. It was through sweat and full force defending and attacking that all the teams have gone through to the semi-finals. Our players have shown no mercy towards their opponents and did extremely well in terms of defending,” he said.

He added that the teams have vowed to take home gold in the double set game, if they manage to beat their opponent in the semi-finals.

Namibia’s Codie Van Schalkwyk and Konrad Theron teamed up for the under 16 boys Pool A double set match against Swaziland players Vusi Tsabedze and Thando Bhembe and proved that they were a force to be reckoned with by beating them 3-0 to qualify for the semi-finals.

In the boys under 14 Pool B match, Namibia’s Joshua Barnard and Connor Van Schalkwyk played against Swaziland’s Sakhile Hlophe and Hayden Loffler in which the Namibian players also won 3-0 and qualified for the semi-finals.

In the girls under 16 Pool A match, Taimi Nashiku and Gina Moolman played against Celine Wan Min Kee and Sarah Introcaso of Mauritius.

The match ended 2-1 in favour of Namibia.

 According to Kaulinge, the doubles events were played on a knock out basis, No Add and a Super Tie as final set and all players taking part in the single’s event were eligible to participate.

Players from Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are participating in the championship.

The semi-final matches for double set games are expected to take place today and final matches will be played tomorrow after which final country rankings will be determined on the basis of accumulation of points in the boys and girls singles and doubles events.