High quality Braaiketts tennis wrapped-up in style as top seeds clinch championships

2008-01-14 00:00

AFTER five days of excellent tennis, the 11th Braaiketts tournament reached its climax at Kershaw Park yesterday.

Much interest centred on the men’s and women’s finals, as they also served as the KZN Open Championships.

The men’s singles final witnessed a fine match between top seeds Ruan Roelofse and Gareth Greenwood. One service break in each set saw Roelofse emerge as champion with a tough 7-5 6-4 win,and a cheque of R8 000.

Greenwood had played a marathon semi-final against Jason Wolfson on Saturday. Arguably the match of the tournament, the clash seesawed for three hours, 40 minutes before Greenwood won a memorable encounter 5-7 6-3 6-4.

The women’s final was won by top seed Kelly Anderson of PMB, who took command against Gauteng player Andrea Oates, gaining a 6-1 6-2 victory.

Saturday’s semi-finals saw Anderson defeat Gauteng-based Ksenia Moskal of Russia 6-2 6-2 and second seed Oates earned a 6-3 6-4 victory over Abigail Olivier

In the juniors, the Girls U8 went to the talented Maxine Bateman, who beat Kate Heron in a tight tussle. Bateman and Heron teamed up to win the doubles against Jessica Redfern and Kelly Painter.

The Boys U10 final saw James Strachan beat Nikki Manchev 6-3. Strachan’s performance over the five days was top class. He won the doubles with Mark Conlon, beating Matthew Kiln and James Redfern.

Once again this tournament was superbly organised and the hard work of Hilary Greenwood, Ron Fanning and the staff is a credit to tennis.

OTHER WINNERS

Men’s doubles: Ruan Roelofse and Jan-Frans Engelbrecht bt Boyd Michau and Gareth Greenwood. Boys ˆ U14: Singles winner Ronnie Myburgh, runner-up Andrew Narramore; Doubles winners Narramore and Richard Ashforth, runners-up Myburgh and Marc Polmans. U8: Greg Polmans bt Roland Gouws (singles). Gouws and Anthony Glutz bt Polmans and Robert Koenig (doubles). U18: Dean Loocke bt Charles Norman (singles). Loocke and Ross Hemsley bt Greg Ford and Rainer Steinhagen (doubles). U12: Marc Polmans bt Yaseen Ibrahim (singles). William Thatcher and Thomas Masojada bt Ferdie Luttig and Ross van der Merwe (doubles).

Women’s doubles: Kelly Anderson and Abigail Olivier bt Ksenia Moskal and Andrea Oates 6-2 7-6. Girls ˆ U14: Jodi Davidson bt Caila Watson (singles). Ilze Hattingh and Watson bt Cayleigh Conradie and Kirsten Porter (doubles). U10: Tessa van der Merwe bt Sarah Grenfell (singles). Van der Merwe and Cheney Firman bt Zandi Powell and Grenfell (doubles). U18: Kerry Hall bt Tamsyn Hall (singles). Kerry and Tamsyn Hall bt Thobe Molefe and Preyanka Pillay (doubles). U12: Ilze Hattingh bt Jenna Davidson (singles). Jenna and Jodi Davidson bt Adrienne Bhola and Megan Nel (doubles).

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