First upset in Braaiketts Men’s Open tennis

2011-01-14 00:00

THE Braaiketts Men’s Open quarter-finals at Kershaw Park yesterday saw sixth-seeded Durbanite Lance Cohen upset third seed Stefan Havenga of Gauteng 6-4 6-2 but otherwise the last-eight tussles went according to plan.

Cohen’s big serve and forehand ensured Havenga struggled to find his touch.

Top seed Andy Anderson worked hard for a 6-4 6-2 over homeboy Gareth Greenwood. The seventh seed is tough and the world number 441 used his experience to weather the first-set storm as Greenwood served well. In the second, Anderson stepped up and errors crept into Greenwood’s game.

Eighth-seeded veteran Bruce Young of Hillcrest tested fourth-ranked Stefan Fortman of Wartburg with clever court craft but the youngster’s big forehand came through for 6-3 6-1. Number two Ruan Roelofse raced to 4-0 over number five Paul Anderson and won the first set 6-2. Anderson matched the Western Cape lad in the second, both playing superb tennis. At 5-5, Roelofse won rallies that broke Anderson’s service and he served out the entertaining encounter for 6-2 7-5.

Today’s semi-finals, both at 9 am, see Andy Anderson in a tantalising match-up with Fortman and Roelofse facing Cohen. The doubles quarter-finals follow.

The Braaiketts junior tournament has reached a pivotal stage.

Boys’ U10 favourite James Kiln clawed back into contention but much depends on today’s matches against Scott Bentley, Steven Conway and Matt Veenstra. Thomas Gibson, too, is steadily accumulating points.

The boys’ U12 A Section sees James Redfern and Paul de Carle clear, the key being their match tomorrow. Section B has Matthew Kiln tipped to edge Xavier Keenan. Musa Mpondi has a grip on Boys’ U14 Section A ahead of Ferdie Luttig and Dale Sandy, while Section B favourite Keegan Foss has in-form Mudiwa Llobell to contend with. Boys’ U18 has Andrew Narramore and Wiaan Luttig likely finalists.

Hillcrest’s Hannah Willows leads Girls’ U10 from Shannon Firman and Hannah Plageman. Jemma Veenstra of the local Braaiketts Club and one of Kate Dunton or Sam Yeats look finalists in Girls’ U12. Section A of Girls’ U14 is a race between Bianca Birkenstock and Hannah Power. Saturday’s clash will decide. Section B is the most competitive of all with Sarah Mayne the likely winner but it’s still wide open.

Girls’ U18 Section A saw favourite Jodi Davidson scrape home 6-5 against Liezel Birkenstock, while Jennifer Slotow is also in the running. Section B is a two-horse race between Jenna Davidson and Georgi Willows. Results at www.itennis.co.za

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