Kershaw upset sees Cape player sent packing

2008-01-10 00:00

The upset in the Braaiketts tennis tournament on day two at Kershaw Park yesterday was the defeat of third seed Charl Botha from the Cape.

Botha lost 6-4 6-4 to Alex Zietsman of Free State in an event that doubles as the KZN men’s open. Botha’s weapon was his serve while Zietsman relied on experience and knew that one break per set would open the door. Once Zietsman had the break, he played the better percentage game. The crowd watched enthralled as Botha tried to break back, but it was Zietsman who advanced to the quarter-finals.

Another excellent match saw Ruslan Legar defeat Cliffy Morrison 6-3 7-5 and reach the last eight. The quarter-finalists are top-seed Ruan Roelofse, local coach Derek Brown, Boyd Michau of PMB, Gauteng’s Jason Wolfson, Jan Frans Engelbrecht from the Cape and number two seed Gareth Greenwood of PMB.

The KZN women’s singles has also reached the quarter-final stage with the top four seeds — Kelly Anderson, Moskal Ksenia, Abigail Olivier and Andrea Oakes — in action.

In the juniors, Maxine Bateman is clear in the girls U8. Jessica Redfern has done well and looks Bateman’s likely opponent in the final, while Kate Heron is still in with a chance.

The girls U10, with 12 players in contention over 66 matches, is open. Tessa van der Merwe is playing well and looks a likely finalist. Her opponent rests between Sarah Grenfell, Zandi Powell and Nicole Koenig, while Cheney Firman and Kendall Watson are also strong possibilities.

Ilze Hattingh is cruising in section A of the girls U12 but Nicola Deenik and Rachel Barnard have also caught the eye. Melissa Glutz is clear to win section B with section C in Jenna Davidson’s hands.

In the girls U14, Jodi Davidson increased her lead in section A while Zakithu Mkhize has also been prominent. Section B is a race between Caila Watson and Sherry King.

Section A of the girls U18 is a tussle between Thobe Molefe and Tamsyn Hall. In section B, Kerry Hall leads Claire Marchant by two games.

Greg Polmans leads the boys U8 and is likely to make Sunday’s final against one of Brett Buys or Roland Gouws.


Boys U10: Marc Conlon, Matthew Kiln, Nikolai Manchev, James Strachan and Michael Darroch are still in the mix. U12: Marc Polmans, Musa Mpondi, Yaseen Ibrahim, Andrew Darroch, Luke Stevens and Ross van der Merwe are all looking good. U14: Ronnie Myburgh, Graham Bartle, Andrew Narramore, Jarryd Palzenberger, Philisande Mpongwana, Bevan Anley and Richard Ashworth are still in the hunt. 18 and Under: Look no further than one of Dean Loock, Charles Norman, Ross Lagerwall and Ross Hemsley.

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