Braaiketts top seed pulls out injured

2011-01-15 00:00

SINGLES semi-finals day at the Braaiketts Men’s Open promised great tennis at Kershaw Park Friday, but sadly this did not occur.

First up, top seed Andy Anderson met number four Stefan Fortmann (18) and there were two early breaks. With Fortmann leading 4-3, Anderson came to volley, slipped and injured his wrist. He took the mandatory time out and continued but was in pain. Fortmann won the first set 6-3 and with the score 1-1 in the second, Anderson withdrew to the disappointment of the sizeable crowd. In the second semi-final, experienced number two Ruan Roelofse was in outstanding form against Lance Cohen for 6-1 6-1.

Tomorrow’s best-of-five set final for R20 000 starts 9 am. The Braaiketts Men’s Open doubles quarter-finals saw second seeds Roelofse and Stefan Havenga pushed in beating Bryan Boshoff and Cohen 6-3 6-7 6-4. The Anderson brothers won easily, Fortmann and his coach Mark Vorwerk won an entertaining match against the Lagerwall brothers 6-4 6-2 and finally the Bruce Young/Gareth Greenwood combination proved too good for Richard Knowles and Richard Katandika.

The doubles semi-finals are at 9 am today with the best-of-five set final starting 12.30 pm.

In the Braaiketts juniors, U10 boys’ has James Kiln, Thomas Gibson, Scott Bentley, Steven Conway and Ronan Christensen fighting for Sunday’s final berth. Boys’ U12 A Section sees James Redfern (38 games) and Paul de Carle (41) playing today. Redfern needs to win 7-2 to reach the final. Section B has Matthew Kiln the runaway leader. Boys’ U14 A Section saw Musa Mpondi win, while Section B has Keegan Foss on top with Mudiwa Llobell contending.

Boys’ U18 is wide open. Favourite Andrew Narramore arrived late due to a traffic jam and had to concede a match. He still has an outside chance, while other contenders are Wiaan Luttig and Bevan Anley.

Girls’ U10 rests between Hannah Willows, Shannon Firman and Hannah Plageman for the final berths. Girls’ U12 A Section has Jemma Veenstra far ahead while Kate Dunton looks likely winner of Section B with Sam Yeats an outside chance.

Girls’ U14 A Section had Bianca Birkenstock in front but a late-arrival penalty dropped her to second behind Hannah Power.

Section B has Sarah Mayne in brilliant form and looking unbeatable. Girls’ U18 A Section has Jodi Davidson in front, while Georgi Willows’ 8-3 defeat of Jemma Davidson hands her Section B.

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