Plain sailing for seeds at Braaiketts Men’s Open

2011-01-13 00:00

THE Braaiketts Men’s Open got under way at Kershaw Park yesterday and it was plain sailing for the seeds.

Favourite Andrew Anderson beat Richard Katandaka 6-1 6-1, seventh seed and local hope Gareth Greenwood worked hard for a 6-3 6-3 win over promising Pretoria player Matthew Maguire and eighth-seeded veteran Bruce Young overhauled young Ross Lagerwall 6-4 6-0.

Third seed Stefan Havenga of Gauteng cruised past Ryan van der Merwe, sixth seed Lance Cohen defeated Richard Knowles 6-0 7-6, number five Paul Anderson was in top form winning 6-2 6-1 against Ntando Lungwazi, number two Ruan Roelofse from Western Cape impressed in beating game Durbanite Brett Lagerwall 6-3 6-2 and the superb Stefan Fortman of Wartburg defeated Durban’s Bryan Boshoff 6-0 6-2.

Today’s quarter-finals on Court One see Young against Fortman at 9 am and Havenga versus Cohen at 11 am. Court Two features Andrew Anderson against Greenwood at 9 am and Roelofse facing Paul Anderson at 11 am. The doubles matches follow.

In the junior event, boys’ U10 saw Matt Veenstra, Steven Conway and Scott Bentley make promising starts while favourite James Kiln started slowly. Boys’ U12 A Section saw favourite James Redfern start well with Paul de Carle and Shane Maartens likely competitors, while favoured B Section player Matt Kiln struggled somewhat. Benji Power and Jonathan Stephenson are challenging.

Boys’ U14 A Section saw Musa Mpondi well clear with the B Section fought between Keegan Foss, Jadon Rossler and Mudiwa Llobell. Boys’ U18 has Durban’s Andrew Narramore ahead of Shayne Groenewald, Bevan Anley, Cameron Wareing and Wiaan Luttig. In Girls’ U10, Hannah Willows, Shannon Firman, Hannah Plageman and Kirsten Driemeyer are toughing it out. Jemma Veenstra leads Girls’ U12 A Section from Jessica Redfern and Catherine Pringle. The B Section saw favourite Sam Yeats upset 5-4 by Jordan Heathcote.

Girls’ U14 saw favourite Bianca Birkenstock shine with Hannah Power and Sarah Grenfell challenging. B Section is between Sarah Mayne, Cheney Firman, Zandi Powell, Kendal Gorlei and Tessa van der Merwe.

Girls’ U18 has Durban’s Jodi Davidson looking unstoppable while, among others, Zakithi Mkhize caught the eye. Section B looks a two-horse race between Jenna Davidson and Georgi Willows with Mellisa van Achtenberg and Nikki Deenik capable of upsets.

Play commences at 8 am today.

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