Players stake their claim at Kershaw

2008-01-10 00:00

Day one of the Braaiketts tennis tournament at Kershaw Park yesterday was completed on time and in ideal conditions.

In the men’s singles, which also doubles as the KZN Open, there were comfortable wins in the first round for Free State player Alex Zietsman, Jason Wolfson and Seth Roselt. The best performance was that of Cliffy Morrison, who defeated eighth seed Brett Lagerwall. It was expected to be a tight tussle, but young Morrison had other ideas and raced away with a convincing victory. Morrison is shaping up as a serious contender, while the Men’s Open big names kick off their tournaments today. The KZN Women’s Open also begins today.

In the junior sections there were clear indications after the early matches that Greg Polmans, Roland Gouws and Brett Buys have emerged as possible winners in the Boys Eight and Under age group.

There are two divisions in the 10 and Under, with Marc Conlon, Matthew Kiln, and Nikolai Manchev making the early pace in Section A. It looks to be a straight race between the impressive James Strachan and Michael Darroch in Section B.

The Boys 12 and Under group is divided into three sections, with the A division seeing Marc Polmans dominating, while Musa Mpondi has also caught the eye. Section B is a tight race between Yaseen Ibrahim, Andrew Darroch and William Thatcher. Luke Stevens, Ross van der Merwe and Tomas Masojada are the frontrunners in the third section. Ronnie Myburgh has stood out in the A section of the Boys 12 and Under singles, with Graham Bartle putting in three good performances. The B section is a tight tussle, as Andrew Narramore, Joshua Devine, Joshua Masojada and Jarryd Palzenberger all shone yesterday.

The Boys 18 and Under winner’s cheque of R2 000 is beckoning for Dean Loock, who enjoyed an excellent late-afternoon win over Kevin Anderson.

Maxine Bateman is comfortably ahead in the Girls Eight and Under, but it’s anyone’s game in the 10 and Under. However, Durban’s Kendall Watson and the Pietermaritzburg trio of Tessa van der Merwe, Sarah Grenfell and Zandi Powell are all making waves.

There are three sections in the 12 and Under with Ilze Hattingh looking unbeatable in the first one. Section B looks to be a two-horse race between Melissa Glutz and Katie Polkinghorn, while the final section has Jenna Davidson in front and Jahnara Pillay, Kristi Conradie and Tarryn Driemeyer still in with a shout.

The A section of the Girls 14 and Under is being dominated by young Jodi Davidson, who is playing up a division. The other section saw Caila Watson enjoy an outstanding victory over Cayleigh Conradie.

The 18 and Under division is witnessing a tussle between two Durban girls, Thobe Molefe and Tamsyn Hall, in Section A. Kerry Hall leads the B section with Claire Marchant still in the running.

Key matches today in the last 16 of the KZN Men’s Open look to be that between Ruslan Legar and Cliffy Morrison at 9.30 am, Charl Botha and Alex Zietsman at 11.30 am and Seth Roselt versus Jan Frans Engelbrecht at the same time.

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