Easy going for some, not so easy for others

2009-01-07 00:00

HOT weather greeted the opening day of the Braaiketts KwaZulu-Natal Open and Junior Tennis Tournament at Kershaw Park yesterday.

One of the KZN Open’s star attractions, fourth seed Neville Godwin, was the first on court and cruised to a 6-0 6-0 victory over Ross Hemsley.

South African number 13 Boyd Michau of Pietermaritzburg, the sixth seed at the KZN Open, also had a comfortable 6-0 6-1 victory as did his club team-mate, provincial number one Gareth Greenwood.

The trio look to be good bets for a say in the outcome of this tournament come the finals.

The best match of the first morning was between eighth seed Louis Botha from the Western Cape and unseeded Micky du Preez.

Botha was all at sea in the first set and Du Preez capitalised to win 6-2. An upset was looming but Botha found his touch and coasted home in winning the second set 6-1 and the final set by the same score.

Seth Roselt of Gauteng had a good win over Mathew Crookes from New Hanover, triumphing 6-4 6-0. Other first-round results saw Tyrone Ewels beat Kyle van Tonder 6-0 6-0, Jason Evans beat Lunga Msimang 6-1 6-0, Kevin Essery defeat Thomas Delport 6-2 6-0 and Andrew Junkuhn overcome Ross Lagerwall 6-2 6-0. Top seeds Raven Klaasen and B. J. van Rensburg start their challenge today.

Due to the early deadline, Wednesday’s late results will appear in Friday’s Witness.

In the junior events, players that caught the eye were Stefan Fortman, Shaun Leagas, Rainer Steinhagen and Joshua Devine.

In the girls’ U18 division, Jodi Davidson had a superb 9-2 round-robin victory over defending champion Kerry Hall, while Mandy Mallen, Liezel Birkenstock and Thobe Molefe also shone.

The fancied Ellen King was upset by Melissa Ewels in the girls’ U14 competition, Ewels winning 6-5.

Others who stood out were Jenna Davidson and Cayleigh Conradie.

Zandi Powell enjoyed an excellent win over Melissa Driemeyer in the girls’ U12 division, winning their round-robin match 6-3. Durbanites Philippa Liasides, Danica Brewer and Bianca Birkenstock all won easily in the same division, as did promising Pietermaritzburg player Tessa van der Merwe.

In Section A of the girls’ U10 division, Sam du Toit and Jessica Redfern have started well, while Palesa Hlela from Howick had a good win over Nonkuleko Majola in section B.

James Kiln and Hayden Kesaris lead the way at boys’ U8 level. In the U10 division, Damon Kesaris, Nikolai Manchev, Joel Philpot and James Redfern are looking good. Durbanite Musa Mpondi has made the expected bright start and so has Mudiwa Llobell in section A of the boys’ U12 division, while in section B, Dylan Jacklin and Ferdie Luttig have also made good starts. In section C, Marc Conlon is in front.

The girls’ U8 division is very close, with perhaps Shannon Firman and Roslyn King the ones to choose from.

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