Tennis: Andrew Anderson flies PMB flag high

2010-05-21 00:00

THE big news in the $50 000 ITF Futures Durban International tennis tournament at Westridge Park in Durban yesterday was eighth seed Andrew Anderson, the South African registered at Pietermaritzburg’s Braaiketts club, reaching the men’s singles semi-finals after upsetting number two Raven Klaasen 6-4 6-3.

On paper, Klaasen was the favourite, the South African Davis Cup player from Cape Town having been seeded to meet number one Theo Angelinos of Greece in Saturday’s title showdown.

But tennis is not played on paper and Anderson, who meets third seed Adrien Bossel of Switzerland in today’s last-four encounter, has still to drop a set.

“I’m looking forward to the semi-final,” Anderson told The Witness last night. “I’m in good condition having come from the States [U.S.], where every match is tough.”

His Braaiketts team-mates Gareth Greenwood and Boyd Michau, doubles wild cards, impressed one and all in reaching the quarters before losing a close encounter yesterday with third seeds Marcus Daniel of New Zealand and Israel’s Amil Weintraub 6-3 3-6 and then 10-3 in the championship tie-breaker.

Greenwood enthused over Anderson’s form. “Andrew moved well, sliced well, was patient from the back and has improved each match. Raven was forced into errors, became increasingly frustrated and Andy was simply too good on the day.”

The other semi-final has top seed Angelinos against number four Weintraub, while the women’s semi-finals see the on-song South African Chanel Simmonds, the second seed, up against third seed Zuzana Linhova of the Czech Republic, and top seed Poojashree Venkatesha of India facing the unseeded Malou Ejdesgaard of Denmark.

South Africa’s unseeded Tegan Edwards and Bianca Swanepoel are in today’s doubles final against the top-seeded Indian couple, while top men’s doubles seeds Klaasen with his Austrian partner are in the men’s semi-finals.

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