Tennis: Boshoff factor clinches KZN Shield for Braaiketts

2009-11-12 00:00

THE top event in provincial club tennis, the KZN Shield, proved surprisingly easy going in the end for the winning Braaiketts team from Kershaw Park.

The rampant Braaiketts line-up from Pietermaritzburg ran through home side Westville 3-0 in the final, not even needing to play the two doubles, leaving one to reflect that the “real” final was played the previous week in the semis, where the team from the KZN capital outlasted Hillcrest 3-2 in one of the most thrilling club ties seen in the province in years.

That said, the “easiness” came about through Braaiketts playing clinical tennis in the final. Number one Andy Anderson was all over 36-year-old Westville top seed Andrew Junkuhn like a rash, the pace of the game forcing the latter to retire after trailing 4-0 in the first set.

The glorious yet uncompromisingly hot weather was to the Braaiketts team’s liking and number two Boyd Michau got out of the starting blocks in Usain Bolt fashion, serving with power and precision in the first set to dominate most facets of the game against Westville number two Jonathan Lowings to win 6-3.

Lowings is no mug, though, and he came back into the match in the second set with his flat forehands making their mark and forcing Michau to draw on all his considerable skill and court craft.

Michau, as always, relished the challenge and he clinched the match by winning the second set 6-4.

Braaiketts were now in a powerful position at 2-0 up and only needing one more victory to win the event.

The third singles was between young Bryan Boshoff of Braaiketts and the equally youthful Master Dladla of Westville.

Boshoff calmly absorbed the pressure before dousing his opponent’s fire in moving to a relatively comfortable 6-4 6-4 victory.

His memorable win gave Braaiketts an unassailable lead of three matches to nil.

The Braaiketts team now qualify to play in the National Club Championship in 2010 and could prove difficult opposition if they can field the same team.

 

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