‘Not bad’ as two locals star in finals

2010-05-22 00:00

TWO South Africans in today’s singles finals of the ITF Futures Durban International tennis tournament at Westridge Park in Durban is not a bad day’s work for the home country.

In-form eighth seed Andrew Anderson of South Africa, who is a member of Pietermaritzburg’s Braaiketts Tennis Club, dropped his first set of the tournament before outlasting third seed Adrien Bossel of Switzerland 3-6 6-4 6-4 in this last-four slug fest, while number two women’s seed Chanel Simmonds of SA demolished third seed Zuzana Linhova of the Czech Republic 6-0 6-3 to reach the women’s singles showpiece match.

The home-schooled Kempton Park lass (17) who is completing grade 12 was in commanding mood, but she will find her opponent today, top seed Poojashree Venkatesha of India, determined not to go three sets again, as she was forced to when she defeated unseeded Malou Ejdesgaard of Denmark 6-4 2-6 7-6 in the second semi-final.

Anderson toppled SA Davis Cup player and second seed Raven Klaasen on Thursday, and needed his full repertoire to fell aggressive left-hander Bossel.

“I was 3-1 in the first, but he won five consecutively to take the first set,” Anderson told Weekend Witness. The second and third went to serve until 5-4, where I broke him in both sets.

“Andrew served well, backed up with good ground strokes, and it was just a question of getting the break,” said Anderson’s Braaiketts team-mate, Gareth Greenwood.

The title showdown today sees Anderson, who stands 1,93 m and 80 kg in his tennis socks, meet fourth-seeded Israeli Amir Weintraub, a man who beat him the only time they met.

Weintraub upset top seed Theodoros Angelinos of Greece and his good, solid all-round game is unlikely to give Anderson much to work with.


Women’s singles semi-finals: 2- Chanel Simmonds (Rsa) bt 3-Zuzana Linhova (Cze) 6-0 6-3; 1-Poojasharee Venkatesha (Ind) bt Malou Ejdesgaard (Den) 6-4 2-6 7-6.

Men’s singles semi-finals: 4-Amir Weintraub (Isr) bt 1-Theodoros Angelinos (Gre) 4-6 6-2 6-3; 8-Andrew Anderson (Rsa) bt 3-Adrien Bossel (Sui) 3-6 6-4 6-4.

Men’s doubles semi-finals: 4-Sergei Krotiouk/Vitali Reshetnikov (Rus) bt 1-Raven Klaasen (Rsa)/Richard Ruckelshausen (Aut) 1-6 6-3 10-8; 2-Nikolaus Moser/Max Raditschnigg (Aut) bt 3-Marcus Daniel (Nzl)/Amir Weintraub (Isr) 7-5 6-2.

Women’s doubles final: 1-Sanaa Bhambri/Rushmi Chakravarthi (Ind) bt Tegan Edwards/Bianca Swanepoel (Rsa) 3-6 6-3 10-4.

Order of play: Men doubles final 11 am; women’s singles, men’s singles finals follow.

Qualifiers: for next week’s Sata International Futures tournament starts 9 am Saturday.

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