Top-notch tennis

2009-01-09 00:00

THE Braaiketts KwaZulu-Natal Open and Junior Tennis Tournament entered the last 16 yesterday, and top seed Raven Klaasen gave a classy display and demolished Kevin Kessery from Durban 6-0 6-1.

Pietermaritzburg hopeful sixth seed Boyd Michau played the experienced Andrew Junkuhn from Westville. Weather conditions were extremely humid and Junkuhn would have to make a quick start to be in with a chance against the younger and fitter Michau.

Michau got a break in serve and got to 5-3 in the first set with his service to follow. The first three points of this vital game went to Junkuhn and Michau found himself at 0-40 and in deep trouble. Michau then produced his best tennis, serving brilliantly, rallied, saved all three break points and went on to win the first set 6-3. This was the turning point. Junkuhn was now exhausted and Michau easily won the second set 6-0 to enter the quarter-finals.

The South African Closed winner and third seed Andrew Anderson met talented Tyrone Ewels, who is currently playing College Tennis in the United States. Anderson was in brilliant form and gave Ewels no chance, winning 6-0 6-1 to advance to the quarter-finals.

The fancied fourth seeded Neville Godwin, a previous SA Davis Cup player, was too good for Seth Roselt from Gauteng. Godwin won 6-1 6-3. The fifth seed, Gareth Greenwood, played fellow club-mate Jason Evans. The match produced some lovely rallies. Evans tried his utmost, but Greenwood’s match fitness was the key and he won 6-2 6-0.

Other 16 matches still to be played yesterday were B. J. van Rensburg, the number two, against Howick’s Marc Butlin, and Kevin Kerr (seventh seed) against Tom Macquet from Durban.

In a late result, the first upset of the tournament came in the last 16 match between veteran Bruce Young from Kloof, who beat Louis Botha (eighth seed) from Boland in a tight match 7-4 7-6.

Today, the tennis will step up another level with the quarter-finals, which will see some really top-class tennis.

The junior tournament continues apace and several players are marking themselves as possible stars of the future.

KZN OPEN QUARTER-FINALS:

9 am — court 2: Raven Klaasen (1) vs Boyd Michau (6) and court 1: Neville Godwin (4) vs Gareth Greenwood (5). 11am — court 1: Andrew Anderson (3) vs Bruce Young and court 2: winner of B. J. van Rensburg (2) or Butlin vs winner Kerr (7) vs Macquet.

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